Council keeping history alive with Roma's Big Rig now featuring guided tours

​With tours taking place every Monday at Roma's Big Rig from 2pm, tour guides will share their experience of the local gas industry with visitors as well as delving into its captivating history.

Council is also seeking interested local oil and gas employees or contractors, either current or retired, who would be keen to volunteer their time to deliver guided tours around The Big Rig Oil Patch.

Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Tourism said the tours will bring The Big Rig stories to life as well as showcase the region's strong history in oil and gas.

"Roma has a strong history in oil and gas, with the first well drilled in Roma in 1900. The Big Rig tours will provide insight into the hardships and heroic stories of the oil drilling and exporation," Cr Chandler said.

"With 20 coach tours booked for this year, these tours are already in high demand and a great way to showcase local knowledge of the oil and gas industry."

"A family-friendly afternoon for tourists and locals alike, I encourage everyone to take a visit to The Big Rig to learn about the history of our region."

A visit to the 'Oil Patch' at The Big Rig enables visitors to get up close to the impressive rigs that played a crucial role in the industry as well as see historical machinery, including the last steam driven oil rig and one of the first diesel powered rigs used in Australia.

Express your interest in becoming a tour guide!

You too could be a part of this exciting new program, with Council now seeking tour guides.

No skills are required for this role, just an understanding of the industry and the ability to tell a good story.

For more information on becoming a tour guide, please contact The Big Rig on 07 4622 2325 or email tourism@maranoa.qld.gov.au.

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