Closing date for voting is the end of Monday

The view of the kilt on the street

At the time of writing, the travel company behind the “Next Big Thing” competition was hinting that Glen Innes was running behind the competition in the race to get a monument symbolising the town.

It put the three rivals ahead in the voting over the last 24 hours.

Glen Innes Severn Council wants people to back the idea of creating a “Big Kilt” for Glen Innes (at no cost to the rate-payers).

It suggests you go to this website and back the town: https://www.wotif.com/nextbigthing/glen-innes

The Big Kilt in the promo.

The Big Kilt in the promo.

Northern Tablelands MP, Adam Marshall, has already backed the Big Kilt.

He said: “I’m right behind the Glen vote – and I’m even more interested in seeing just what we could see what might be under that kilt if Glen Innes wins the grand prize.

“It’s a quirky idea and a great one to support, so I hope all northerners will cast a vote to see Glen get the chance to really dress up the town with something big and bright, and funny.”

The competition for the edifice is being organised and financed by a travel company, Wotif, and you can vote for the Big Kilt on its website, www.wotif.com/nextbigthing .

The other runners are (as the publicity company describes them):

  • The Big Melon, Chinchilla (QLD.
  • The Big Peanut, Kingaroy (QLD).
  • The Big Tulip, Mittagong (NSW).

 The Big Chiko Roll in Bendigo and the Big Choccy Milk in Newcastle were ruled out.

The company promoting the competition says that its research shows that Australians do visit other similar monuments across Australia (like, for example, the Golden Guitar in Tamworth). People take selfies – and spend money.

Mr Marshall concurred: “You only have to look at the Big Golden Guitar in Tamworth to see the impact of a big thing on tourism numbers. It’s the most photographed place in Tamworth, so just imagine how a Big Kilt would go down in Glen, especially if we have some fun with what’s underneath it.”

Margot Davis, Glen Innes Severn Council’s Manager of Economic Development said: “Tourism is a big part of our economy and especially in times when agriculture is suffering, like it is for many rural towns right now.

“With the Big Kilt, we’ll have another reason for people to stop and experience what our quirky town has to offer as well as support local businesses”.

The Wotif company says: “Vote for your fave to play your part in Aussie holiday history and go in the running to win $2000 towards your next Wotif holiday  (woohoo!). The town with the most votes by 9 October 2018 wins.”