The pad and electrics are ready for the giant kangaroo at Gympie Matilda.
The pad and electrics are ready for the giant kangaroo at Gympie Matilda. Renee Pilcher

A better offer for Matilda?

ECSTATIC Gympie Region councillors who were more than happy to approve a plan for Matilda Fuel Services to bring giant kangaroo mascot Matilda to Gympie shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for the Commonwealth Games icon to arrive.

On Wednesday, Matilda Fuel Supplies Paralegal Marty Leishman, said a decision had not been made as to when Matilda would arrive in Gympie and he could not comment.

When asked if the mascot was still coming to Gympie he repeated that “a decision has not been made”.

Matilda Fuel Services applied to display Matilda at their fuel station in Gympie after finding out a similar application to have the giant kangaroo displayed at their Tugun service station would take some time.

Cr Jan Watt who was a part of the process to bring the 13 metre fibreglass statue to the region said Gympie’s Matilda servo was one of the biggest in Queensland.

“Our planning department process was faster,” she said.

But no special consideration was given to the application, which was approved last year, Cr Watt and councils Planning and Development Committee chair Cr Ian Petersen said, instead the standard assessment process was followed.

The last council had heard was that Matilda was being repaired near Caboolture before being driven up to Gympie, which was supposed to happen in December.

A concrete slab has already been poured for the mascot at the Gympie Matilda site.

The news that Gympie may be getting the mascot has infuriated some Gold Coast councillors.

With one saying it was “bloody ridiculous” that the icon would come to Gympie.

Matilda, originally a mascot for the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, has more recently been stored on the Gold Coast.

On Monday, Gold Coast City Council approved an application to display Matilda at Tugun, leaving the question as to whether Matilda Fuel Supplies have changed their mind about bringing the icon to Gympie.

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