Big bruised fruit is in for repairs a year after experiencing minor damage in tornado.ROBERT HENSON April 4, 2014 4:32am
Many were pleased to see Koonoomoo’s Big Strawberry survive 2013’s tornado that swept the region.
But Big Strawberry team member Nicky Goldsworthy said, on closer inspection, the giant steel and fibreglass structure needed repairs and was transported to Cobram on Friday.
Ms Goldsworthy said last year’s tornado had a ‘‘sand-blasting effect’’ on the 7.5
‘‘We didn’t realise it was that bad — but on close inspection in the months afterwards we realised how much structural damage it had taken.’’
Following the ‘theft’ of Bowen’s Big Mango in North Queensland, local wits suggested the world’s biggest fruit salad was taking shape.
‘‘(People were saying) ‘look out the Big Banana, you could be next’, that sort of thing,’’ Ms Goldsworthy said.
Along with paint stripped away by debris in the tornado, leaves at the top of the strawberry were broken.
It’s the first time the iconic fruit has been taken down since it was first put up in 2005.
Ms Goldsworthy said the tourism attraction had been inundated by confused calls, texts and social media inquiries, some asking if the business had now closed.
‘‘People are looking for the strawberry, and because it’s not out the front, people can’t find us. It’s hilarious.’’
It is not known when the strawberry is likely to be fully repaired and returned.
After spending two games in the WAFL Michael Barlow has been recalled to play for Fremantle against St Kilda this weekend.
Three Yarrawonga footballers have excelled at interleague level, representing the Ovens and Murray against Hampden in Warrnambool on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
The Moama-Echuca Border Raiders took a big stride into the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League for 2016 with a solid, four-grade performance at Eaglehawk’s Truscott Reserve on Sunday.
THE town’s schools celebrated Education Week last week.
Kyabram Football Club will host a family day next weekend.
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
HEATHCOTE Pre-school staff members were overwhelmed by the response to their annual Garden Express Spring Bulb fundraiser.
Youth services in Cobram have received a helping hand thanks to a new appointment made possible through a community store.
Plans for the release of a carp herpes virus has captured the attention of international press.
Farmers from northern Victoria will join a protest rally over milk prices in Melbourne tomorrow, Wednesday.
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