MAKEOVER: Bunnings is going to paint the Big Prawn and put a tail on it as part of a long-awaited makeover.
MAKEOVER: Bunnings is going to paint the Big Prawn and put a tail on it as part of a long-awaited makeover.

The Big Prawn finally gets a tail

THE tail of a prawn is generally the bit that ends up in the bin.

But a tail on a Big Prawn is something that organisers of Ballina's inaugural Ballina Prawn Festival to be held later this year are wagging their ... er ... tails about.

Bunnings has confirmed the Big Prawn will have a tail added to it before the new West Ballina store opens at the end of July.

And it will be repainted to once again look like a cooked prawn.

Ballina Chamber of Commerce executive officer and co-ordinator of the inaugural Prawn Festival, Nadia Eliott-Burgess, is excited.

"It is terribly exciting to see the Big Prawn undergoing its long-awaited makeover, especially with the upcoming festival," she said.

"Childhood road trips for many of us were punctuated by Australia's Big Things, so it really is wonderful to have this unique asset returned to its original vibrant colour; tail and all."

The Prawn Festival will be held on Saturday, November 16, and will incorporate a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the arrival of the Las Balsas raft expedition to Ballina.

The plan is to hold a prawn-peeling competition as part of the festival - and the tails will once again be in the bin.

The Big Prawn was built without a tail in 1989.

It sat atop a tourist outlet until September last year when it was moved to its current site.

Last month, the Prawn was raised about 3m.

Demolition of the giant crustacean was approved by Ballina Shire Council in 2009, sparking community outrage, and the Prawn became the target of vandals.

That was all before Bunnings' bought the site and promised to keep the Prawn.


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