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Chat about the Rose

BIGGENDEN ROSE: Council will consult with residents on what to do with the rose next Monday.
BIGGENDEN ROSE: Council will consult with residents on what to do with the rose next Monday. Erica Murree

SINCE its unveiling at the Biggenden Rose Festival last year, the Rose Sculpture built by Craig Nelson has been an emblem of pride for the community.

However, the statue, which took 900 hours to make, has also been a topic of controversy.

Previously, there has been discussion what to do with the Rose, both during its construction and after.

Therefore, a community consultation will be held for residents at Biggenden Memorial Hall this Monday, starting 1pm.

Councillor Robbie Radel said it was frustrating to have to reignite the debate.

"There are so many differing opinions on where, what colour, what direction it should face etc. that I felt it best to hold another meeting to gather all the thoughts together and discuss the pros and cons of each suggestion at the same time," Cr Radel said.

"At the end of the day, the decision will be made by the NBRC on the future of the Rose and it will be made based on the feedback received previously and at the final consultation next week and with input from the artist who created this piece."

Chief among concerns is the statue's placement, currently at the Biggenden Rose Garden.

Some have argued is out of the way from where tourists might see it.

Business owner Jeni Benfield, said she thinks it shouldn't necessarily be moved, but should be put up on a perch.

"We should put it on some concrete slats because it's currently just on dirt," Mrs Benfield said.

"There's a covered area in main street under the awning that would be much better."

Due to the size of the Rose, moving it would be costly and require a forklift.

There has also been talk of getting it powder-sprayed to make it more visually appealing.

Resident Christine Holder said it should be in different shades of pink or yellow, like a real rose.

"What I had in mind was to print out a black and white photo of the Rose then colour it up to show what it can be," Mrs Holder said.

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