TOURISM LAUNCH: Volunteer airport ambassador Michael Moye from Ballina contributed a local’s tip for the latest Ballina Shire tourism guide. He is pictured at the launch with council tourism co-ordinator Caroline Klose, Mayor David Wright and Ballina Chamber of Commerce’s executive officer Nadia Eliott-Burgess. Above left is the Big Prawn in the latest tourism guide for the shire.
TOURISM LAUNCH: Volunteer airport ambassador Michael Moye from Ballina contributed a local’s tip for the latest Ballina Shire tourism guide. He is pictured at the launch with council tourism co-ordinator Caroline Klose, Mayor David Wright and Ballina Chamber of Commerce’s executive officer Nadia Eliott-Burgess. Above left is the Big Prawn in the latest tourism guide for the shire. Graham Broadhead

Big Prawn makes a brochure comeback

IT'S not a prominent feature, but Ballina's Big Prawn does appear in the latest Ballina Coast and Hinterland visitor guide launched last week.

The giant crustacean at West Ballina makes it on Page 20 of the visitor guide, with a list of prawn facts - but having a photo taken with the prawn is listed on Page 18 as a "must do".

Ballina Shire Council's tourism co-ordinator, Caroline Klose, said the fact that Bunnings had refurbished the prawn meant it was worthy of inclusion in the guide.

"And there has been community interest in the prawn," she said.

It's been more than 10 years since the crustacean last appeared in the visitor guide, even though it has long been a popular spot for tourists to take photos to mark their trip.

In that time, the prawn was left in a state of disrepair, was vandalised, approved for demolition, sold to Bunnings, moved, refurbished and had a tail added. Even in its worst days, when the prawn was fenced off, it was still a popular spot for tourists to stop and take photos.

Another new feature of the tourism guide is the "locals' tips" which appear throughout the 56-page brochure.

Michael Moye, from Ballina, was one of the locals who provided a tip for visitors.

He grew up in Ballina before moving to Sydney and then Japan.

But he has returned home and is now one of the volunteer airport ambassadors who greet passengers arriving at Ballina airport.

His tip for tourists was to take Tourist Drive 28 and head to Alstonville, Empire Vale and then South Ballina Beach.



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