A small town in New South Wales has hedged its bets on growing its tourism popularity with a giant statue of a ‘bogan’.
Nyngan, a town in Bogan Shire Council with a population of about 2000, installed part of the statue on Wednesday, with final works still to be carried out.
The Council posted a photo of the structure – estimated to be about five metres tall – to its website.
It appears to depict a man, complete with a mullet, shorts and thongs, holding a fishing rod.
In August, Bogan Shire Council mayor Ray Donald told the ABC the statue would be built in the middle of the town’s CBD by the end of next month.
“We wanted to have car parking there, we wanted to make sure it can be seen by traffic going both ways, so that’s why it’s in the centre of town,” mayor Donald said.
“It’s not on the main highway through town which is on the other side of the railway line, but if we had it over there, the risk was people would just have their photo taken and not come near the shops.
“So we’re quite satisfied it’s in the best position possible.”