Giant meat ant invades Augathella

NEXT BIG THING: Amanda Feher's giant meat ant will be the focal point of a new $250,000 park in Augathella.
NEXT BIG THING: Amanda Feher's giant meat ant will be the focal point of a new $250,000 park in Augathella.

IT LOOKS like a sci-fi film gone horribly wrong - Augathella's newest resident is a five-metre-long steel meat ant.

In the 50s and 60s the tiny town of Augathella's football teams had a reputation for being tough and relentless, and the meat ant legend was born.

Now the collosal statue by Atherton-based artist Amanda Feher is set to become the focal point of a new $250,000 park to highlight the diverse history of the town.

Locals hope the gargantuan insect will join the illustrious list of big Aussie tourist icons like Nambour's Big Pineapple.

"Augathella has a great story to tell from its fame as the birthplace of the original ‘Smiley’ stories and movies to its proud history of bushrangers, bullockies and vast sheep stations," Murweh Shire Council chief Chris Blanch said.

"We hope that the giant meat ant will attract many of the thousands of tourists that travel through the region each year to pull off the highway and visit this friendly and fascinating town."

The Augathella meat ant was constructed from steel, copper and brass.

It is currently travelling through northern Queensland in the back of a truck with Amanda to its new home, where it will be permanently installed on Wednesday morning.

Topics:  art charleville queensland sculpture

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