NEW HOME: Peter Rasey presents Mayor Keith Campbell with the latest addition to the Kingaroy Museum, the Queensland Coat of Arms.
NEW HOME: Peter Rasey presents Mayor Keith Campbell with the latest addition to the Kingaroy Museum, the Queensland Coat of Arms. Jessica McGrath

Historic statues to become Burnett tourism drawcard

THE South Burnett is on its way to becoming a hub of historical statues and artefacts after the newest additions to the Kingaroy Museum were welcomed this week.

The Queensland Coat of Arms was donated to the museum by Colin Blumson on Wednesday in honour of the late Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

Peter Rasey, who dropped off the historical artefact, said the coat of arms would be mounted near Sir Joh's painting in the museum.

"This fibreglass Coat of Arms was the original that was used for the router to cut out the timber one that was placed in the Parliament Annex when it was built in 1979,” Mr Rasey said.

"That coat of arms being the only part of the annex that has been heritage listed.”

STATUE: Jason Ford, Cr Danita Potter and Mayor Keith Campbell welcome the arrival of the final Art Buster pieces to the South Burnett collection.
Jason Ford, Cr Danita Potter and Mayor Keith Campbell welcome the arrival of the final Art Buster pieces to the South Burnett collection. Jessica McGrath

South Burnett Councillor Danita Potter said the Coat of Arms would support the eight Art Buster Expo 88 artworks in Kingaroy and Blackbutt.

"I love these new additions as they are comical, amusing and make me smile,” Cr Potter said.

"I have always loved the Art Buster pieces and I look forward to seeing them completed and in place around the South Burnett.”

The final two Art Buster statues arrived in the South Burnett this week, making the region home to the largest Art Buster collection in Australia.

The Art Buster pieces are expected to be the centrepiece of a proposed annual bike ride from Blackbutt to Kingaroy, along the Brisbane Valley and South Burnett rail trails.

"People who follow the Expo 88 Art Trail will enjoy seeing these pieces and this will also coincide with a bike ride that Jason Wyeth is working on which will highlight the Art Buster pieces,” Cr Potter said.