June 12, 2019 09:18:14
The answer is well, maybe, after the Darwin City Council voted to “get creative” and undertake consultation into the possibility of a new “landmark feature” that could become “an iconic tourist trap” and entice visitors into posting on social media.
Ms Cullen said she thought it was important that it be placed in a location which showed off Darwin’s natural beauty, like on scenic central drive, The Esplanade.
“A small swing may be appropriate,” he said, alluding to ones used to attract attention by social media influencers in Bali.
“But to try [to] emulate the Big Prawn or Banana … I’m not so sure,” he said.
“It would be nice to have a few Devils Marbles moved here but I’m sure the good people of Tennant Creek and the traditional owners wouldn’t be keen [on] that.”
Ballina’s Big Prawn could soon be shelled by a big barramundi or buffalo in Darwin. (Supplied: Kim Honan)
Mayor suggests building ‘big D’
The Mayor’s suggestion did not attract a response from fellow aldermen.
“It doesn’t have to be a big prawn or a big buffalo.”
Concerns raised over possible cost
However, she expressed concern over the possible cost.
The Big Galah put the SA town of Kimba on the map … could a big thing be a drawcard for Darwin? (Supplied)
“Ratepayers are not going to forgive us.”
“It could be anything from $10,000 to $200,000,” she said.
Mr Vatskalis noted the City of Darwin had $400,000 of unspent funds allocated to public art.
Humpty Doo, the small town on Darwin’s rural outskirts, is already home to a big boxing crocodile, while Fly Creek can lay claim to the world’s biggest whip.
June 12, 2019 06:57:48
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