AT ITS HEIGHT: The 16m Big Pineapple in a 2009 photo.
AT ITS HEIGHT: The 16m Big Pineapple in a 2009 photo.

Clouds looming over our iconic Big Pineapple

THE future of the once-iconic Big Pineapple is up in the air again.

As Nambour continues to work on establishing itself as an eclectic hub, with vintage stores beginning to pop up all over the former mill town, the Big Pineapple is mainly idle, open only one day a week for the Saturday markets.

Several businesses operate at the Big Pineapple site throughout the week, including a bakery, food company and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

The most action the site sees is the Queensland Zoo which operates seven days a week.

Nambour Heritage Tram Committee member Paul Moriarty, who had been working to secure a tram service for Nambour, said it would be great to see the

national landmark brought back to its former glory.

"It is an icon on the Coast and as such it deserves to be preserved," Mr Moriarty said.

"It's a marketer's dream in a sense that everybody's heard of it.

"It'd be nice to see it come back to life."

What should happen to the Big Pineapple?

This poll ended on 10 January 2016.

Current Results

We must fight to save it - it's an Icon.

75%

Leave it closed - it's had its day.

19%

Replace it. Maybe with the Big Meat Pie.

4%

I've never heard of it before.

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Moriarty said that a rebirth of the Big Pineapple would help as Nambour looked to rediscover its identity.

Rumours flow about  potential plans for the site, however, there was no doubt the weekly markets had been successful, and the site had been used for music festivals and other one-off, large-scale events.

Sunshine Coast Destination Limited CEO Simon Ambrose said SCDL welcomed a relaunched Big Pineapple to attract families from around the country.

"We don't have a lot of tourism icons in that part of the Sunshine Coast, so it's a shame that the Big Pineapple had to partially close its doors," Mr Ambrose said.

"We'd be very willing to help in providing some sort of support through promotion or marketing if it was revamped.

"We'd welcome any sort of reinvigoration of the Big Pineapple."

Despite being contacted by the Daily, the Big Pineapple management was unable to comment yesterday.


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