Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Just awaiting council approval


Brewer Ross Smith plans to recreate the original Stonehenge on his property at Margaret River in time for the next summer solstice on December 21.

The structure will be made with 2500 tonnes of granite quarried from Esperance on WA's south coast.

"I'm doing it because I can," Mr Smith told AAP.

[Unlike the original] ...anyone visiting the Australian replica will be able to touch and play around a new and complete [Hey, "complete"! So surely superior] version of the monument, Mr Smith said.

The Henge, as it will be known, [guess he doesn't have to worry 'bout copyright...] will span 33 metres in a two-hectare area on his Margaret River property.

"I think it will attract a lot of tourists to the [er, tourist] region, about 200,000 to 300,000 per year," he said.

It will be hired out for weddings and a visitation fee will be in place, said Mr Smith, an entrepreneur [no kidding].

The plan has its critics in an area renowned for fine wine, chocolate and cheese.

"It's been mixed (the reaction)," Mr Smith said.

"You're always going to get your knockers but I don't mind.

"Thirty years ago Margaret River was infested with dairy cows and there was no wine here." [Nor, funnily enough, ancient Celtic architecture. And how we have felt the lack!]

Mr Smith says the local council has backed his plan, but it has yet to be approved.

The area, well known for its cheeses, will soon have a lot more cheese it seems. Jeez, just all class. Why can't he be sensible and erect a giant structure of fruit like other states!!?