Bids are piling up for the Big Prawn site in Ballina after the highway frontage land was offered for sale or lease by current owner Santo Pennisi last Friday.
Bids are piling up for the Big Prawn site in Ballina after the highway frontage land was offered for sale or lease by current owner Santo Pennisi last Friday. Doug Eaton

Offers made for Big Prawn site

WHILE the ‘for sale or lease’ sign for the Big Prawn site at West Ballina only went up last Friday, LJ Hooker in Ballina received the first of several offers for the site on Monday morning.

But so far there hasn’t been any interest in resurrecting the Big Prawn itself.

LJ Hooker Ballina principalMichael Shay said he wasn’tsurprised at how quickly offers were made on the site.

“There has been so much interest generated in the Big Prawn site over the last few months,” he said.

It was a Queenslander who made the first inquiry about the site – which is available for sale, or for lease, but without a price being set – after seeing the sign.

The Big Prawn itself received plenty of coverage in the local and national media when plans to demolish the giant crustacean were submitted to Ballina Shire Council, and then approved, last year.

While publicity about thedemise of the Big Prawn spread around the world, Mr Shay said none of the inquirers had expressed any interest in fixing it up.

“No one has mentioned that,” he said. “But it is only early days.”

Mr Shay said there were plenty of opportunities for the 2.539ha site, from home occupation to hotel/motel or industrial uses like a service station or landscape supplies.

He said it was particularly rare to have a site with so much highway frontage – which was 173.5 metres.

The owner of the site, Santo Pennisi, was contacted by The Northern Star about his decision to put up the site for sale or for lease, but didn’t want to comment.



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