Bright future for iconic Kingaroy peanut silos
AFTER years of calls from residents, the Kingaroy peanut silos may soon light up the town's skyline.
Peanut Company of Australia general manager of sales and marketing Toni Cohen said the company was exploring ways to illuminate the silos using projections.
"The primary purpose for us is to give the community some insight into what we're doing,” Ms Cohen said.
"We used to have signage on the silos, a big tarp used to hang from it.
"Technology could now allow us to project onto the silos.”
Ms Cohen said it was too premature to discuss what could be projected on to the silos, or how the community could get involved, as plans were in the early stages.
South Burnett Regional Councillor Danita Potter had a similar idea of using projections on the silo and is now in talks with the company about how to make it happen.
"My original idea was to have the lights on the peanut silos. I'm not talking laser lights, it would be plates that can sit in front of the lights that can shine up and the plates can change,” Cr Potter said.
"Information could then be put on the plate up onto the silo.
"It's something that is a lot more practical. We can't paint the silos as they are heritage-listed, so it's the best practical solution.”
Cr Potter said lit up, the silos would transform Kingaroy at night.
"It would be so great,” she said.
"Imagine driving down Haly St and seeing a beautiful pattern on the silos, or seeing something like that at the look out one night up at Mt Wooroolin.”
She said it had the potential to increase tourism within Kingaroy.
"It's no different to lights on the Story Bridge in the city, or the lighting up of the Sydney Opera House,” she said
"If they do that in Brisbane already, if they do do that at the Opera House, I can see it working in regards to tourism space and the art space.”
PCA owns the heritage-listed silos, so the final decision about what to do sits with the company.