ATTRACTION: Ballina’s Big Prawn could be included in this year’s tourism guide. Pictured is the laser show at the Big Prawn when Bunnings opened in August.
ATTRACTION: Ballina’s Big Prawn could be included in this year’s tourism guide. Pictured is the laser show at the Big Prawn when Bunnings opened in August. Doug Eaton

Big Prawn back on the tourist trail

THERE is a big chance Ballina's Big Prawn will feature in the tourism guide for this year.

It's estimated that it's been more than 10 years since the giant crustacean at West Ballina has been part of the visitor guide.

In that time, the prawn was in a state of disrepair and not a great thing to show off.

However, it still made it on to national and US television when news of its possible demolition by the previous owner came through.

Since then, current owner Bunnings spent $400,000 giving the prawn a makeover, added a tail and we've had the inaugural Ballina Prawn Festival.

And Ballina Shire Council's tourism co-ordinator, Caroline Klose, said an image of the prawn was now being considered for the 2014 Ballina Coast & Hinterland Visitor Guide.

She said council had undertaken a destination management plan and spoken to tourism stakeholders.

"The Big Prawn has been mentioned as what makes Ballina, Ballina," she said.

And she said the idea was to "capitalise" on the success of last year's inaugural prawn festival and the refurbishment of the prawn.

A final decision on the inclusion of the prawn in the tourism guide won't be made until the end of February.


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