Big barra hooked on a major revamp
IN a country which prides itself on bigger is better think the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple and the Big Rocking Horse Daintree Village's own Big Barramundi is undergoing a revamp.
The timing couldn't be better with the recent opening of barramundi season and it took a small crane to catch the big barra for renovations.
The big barra was created by Daintree local Gerry Steen in 1986, and at 7.3m long, it took a dozen men to raise it to the roof of the Big Barramundi Garden business.
The design came from an actual barra caught in the area. It was dissected and drawn on the ground in the early planning stages.
Ian "Sauce" Worcester, from Daintree River Wild Watch, who organised the move, said: "After four paint jobs in its years, it's time for a full restoration as it is beginning to rot out."
Once the restoration has been completed, the barra will reside just around the corner from its former home and become more accessible to the public who want to capture their tourist pictures.
"We love the barra and think that moving it is a good idea," Mr Worcester said.
"We frequently had people standing in the middle of the road trying to get a picture, so it will be safer to see him at his new home."
Big Barra will be near the entrance to the old timber gallery workshop out the back of the Big Barra Garden, where plans are under way to hold the Daintree Village undercover markets.
The markets will start at Easter, running Monday to Friday, a mid-week alternative to the traditional weekend market scene.
Anyone interested in holding a stall at the undercover markets should contact Sauce at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0447 734 933.
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Fishy tale: Once the big barra is restored, it will reside around the corner from its former home for easier and safer access by visitors wanting to take home a photographic souvenir. Pictures: IAN WORCESTER