Big Strawberry set for Bundy?

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Rena Dang, Gina Dang and Trinity Dang with the fresh strawberries from SSS Strawberries.

WE ALL know about the Big Pineapple, the Big Banana and the Big Mango – but soon Bundaberg might have its very own Big Strawberry.

North Bundaberg farm SSS Strawberries plans to build a $3 million strawberry-shaped building that would act as a new tourist attraction and show off the region as a horticulture hub.

The 500sq m building would be used as offices, a restaurant and souvenir store, and would also feature an educational section showing how strawberries are produced.

Trinity Dang, public relations officer for the family owned SSS Strawberries, said it was hoped the Big Strawberry would attract people not just to their business, but to draw attention to the region as a whole.

“We are hoping to attract tourists to the Bundaberg region,” she said.

A planning application has been submitted to Bundaberg Regional Council, and members of the public can make submissions on the proposal until August 13.

SSS Strawberries is run by the second generation of the Dang family and now employs five Bundaberg people full time, and between 50 and 300 part-time workers depending on the season.

Miss Dang, the second youngest of the siblings, said the Big Strawberry would be the continuation of the family’s long, hard road to making the business a success.

She said when the family started the farm, they were more than $2 million in debt.

Now they supply Coles and Woolworths supermarkets with strawberries along the east coast of Australia.

“It’s been tough. We know the value of money,” she said.

The seven children of the family have been running the business for the past six years.

Trinity, Victor, Toan, Gina, Tam, Rena and Cindy all have different roles on the farm: chemicals, finance, public relations, packing and dispatch of goods, marketing and sales, and future growth and planning.

The siblings, who are aged between 21 and 36, have a weekly meeting in order to run the business.

“We all started in the fields and we can fill in each other’s roles,”
Miss Dang said.

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This article was written by the NewsMail. http://www.news-mail.com.au/story/2012/07/24/big-strawberry-set-for-bundaberg/