Gladstone's icons too big for trivial stunts - or are they?
THE removal of Bowen's iconic mango by the Nando's food chain has received plenty of attention around the world this week, but such a thing could never happen in the Gladstone region. Or could it?
Gladstone tends to do things big - big LNG tanks, big power station, big cargo ships.
Try getting hold of one of those, Nando's.
Plus, the cranes in Gladstone are far too busy building the country's future and sustaining the economic powerhouse that is the gas industry to participate in such a trivial stunt.
However, we do worry about the Big Crab at Miriam Vale.
Could that be in the sights of a food chain looking to cash in on free promotion?
How lonely would the Shell servo look without the crab perched atop its roof?
Meanwhile, nervous officers in other towns are keeping a close eye on their iconic big things. Warwick police officers have increased patrols around a local park after becoming concerned about a copycat crime targeting their Big Frog Tiddalik.
Nando's admitted on Wednesday it had removed the Big Mango as part of a publicity stunt to promote its new mango and lime sauce.
On Thursday it will celebrate the flavour's launch with Bowen locals as the Big Mango is reinstalled.
Thousands of bottles of Nando's PERi-PERi sauce will be given out to residents as a gesture of thanks for their good humour.