St George artist gives Nindigully a booming touch
NINDIGULLY'S iconic boomerangs have been brought back to life just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Paperback Hero.
The Australian film featured Hugh Jackman and was filmed in Nindigully, putting the Balonne Shire on the world map.
To honour the occasion, Balonne Shire Council applied and received a $19,900 Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Grant to restore the boomerangs, returning them to their former glory but with a personal touch.
St George artist and descendant of Kamilaroi nations Yuwulaaraary, Euahlayi and Bigambul Barry "Rainman” Boland was chosen to transform the sculptures in consultation with original designer and creator Jon Dowding.
Mayor Richard Marsh said they looked remarkable.
"The objective was to get them up and restored because tourists like to take photos in front of monuments and we want them to say 'these were in Nindigully and that is where Paperback Hero was filmed and here we are in front of the boomerangs',” he said.
"Nindigully has a marvellous talent in attracting travellers and these boomerangs will only add to the cause.”
The revitalised boomerangs will be at the centre of the official opening of the Nindigully Film and Music Festival on Saturday, October 5.
The council advises visitors to respect and not climb on the boomerangs as, apart from damaging them, it is a safety issue.
Stage two of the project will include landscaping and informational signage providing details about the boomerangs and their history.