The Big Prawn - Ballina NSW

Date of Record: 1989

On 24 September 2009, Ballina Shire Council voted to allow the demolition of the Big Prawn, but this permission was never acted upon. Bunnings Warehouse purchased the site, and the Prawn, in August 2011, and stated their intention to retain and refurbish the Prawn as part of the redevelopment.

The Big Prawn, now fronting the Bunnings car park in Ballina, is overwhelming: With dimensions of 6 m × 9 m and weighing more than 33 tonnes, costing $400,000 in repairs. This icon is one of Australia's few 'Big Things' that's been successfully upgraded. It's as huge for what it represents in Australian culture: cooked crustaceans. But what of the green and brown living creatures themselves?

The two most common Australian prawns caught in NSW and Queensland are eastern king and school prawn. They are known as penaeids. They differ from those of the northern hemisphere, which are carideans.