Big Nev garners public support

NEVILLE was only introduced to the public last Saturday, but already he has fans.

Neville is the name Lennox Head developer Chris Condon has given to his planned new Big Prawn, which he wants to build at the service centre he is proposing for the Teven Road interchange on the Ballina bypass route.

He was featured in last Saturday’s Weekend Star.

The 12.4m high prawn would cost $500,000 to build, and could be completed towards the end of this year if it is approved by Ballina Shire Council.

A Facebook page featuring the image of Neville was launched – Save Big Prawn Ballina Icon – after Neville’s introduction to the world and already has 1222 members, and features Neville, too.

The internet social networking site had several petitions to save the original Big Prawn, and a total of about 6000 people put their name to them.

But to no avail, as Ballina Shire Council approved the Big Prawn’s demolition last year and all the shops in the complex – including the service station – are now closed. Workers have since been dismantling awning structures at the West Ballina site.

Mr Condon has always said he thought of the Big Prawn as an icon for Ballina, and likes the novelty value of ‘big things’ for tourism.

“It is known not only locally and throughout Australia but internationally as being synonymous with Ballina,” he said. “But the old one has had its day.”

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