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post Oct 20 2009, 02:54 AM
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Town plans to build Big Meat Ant

THE Big Barramundi, the Big Ram and the Big Cow had better watch out - the Big Meat Ant is coming to get you. Well if not out to get the big statues dotted around the country themselves, certainly their tourist numbers.

Augathella, population 580, and 750km northwest of Brisbane is famed as the "home of the meat ants" - and not much else.
That's something the local Murweh Shire Council would like to change.

With $100,000 of its ratepayers' money and a similar amount from the Queensland government, Augathella plans to put itself on the tourism map by building a Big Meat Ant in the town.
The latest addition to Australia's big collection of Big This and Big That would be an attempt to hold tourists in Augathella, said Councillor Cecil Russell
The park would also have interpretive signage and other features.
”It'd be a focal point I guess, for people to pull up in and try and keep them in Augathella a couple of days longer,” Cr Russell said.

He said the meat ant is not ferocious unlike the green ants and bull ants in the district.
”The meat ants, if you go near their nest they'll swarm about but they don't actually bite you.”
The town became known as the home of the meat ants after their local football team adopted the name Meat Ants, Cr Russell said.
As it happens, meat ants are omnivores. So the fruit salad of big bananas, mangoes, pineapples, apples and oranges may need to worry as well.

At least the Big Bowl in Port Macquarie, the Big Rocking Horse in South Australia and the Big Boomerangs at Eumundi and Surfers Paradise in Queensland are safe.
Until some council comes up with the Big Termite.

article via news.com.au


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post Oct 20 2009, 11:57 AM
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Ohhhhhhhhh I thought it was LITERALLY going to be made out of meat... hahaa.


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post Oct 22 2009, 12:50 AM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Oct 20 2009, 11:57 AM) *

Ohhhhhhhhh I thought it was LITERALLY going to be made out of meat... hahaa.


at first i thought the same thing laugh.gif


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post Oct 23 2009, 08:35 PM
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I love Australia's "Big Things" so good on another town for doing it.

And Meat Ants are scary evil, I normally wouldn't say that about animals but they seek you out - and hurt! That guy hasn't been bitten by one obviously, but I will admit they aren't as bad as Green Ants or Bull Ants.
(My opinions of ants are odd by the way, I think each species has their own personalities - Green Ants are funny until you get them angry, Bull Ants are permanently PMSing, Sugar Ants are like annoying little brothers that just wont p--- off!)


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