Big Dog to lure Glenreagh tourists

Builder gary Smith works on the big golden dog , being built for the golden dog hotel glenreigh.
Builder gary Smith works on the big golden dog , being built for the golden dog hotel glenreigh. Trevor Veale

COFFS Harbour has the Big Banana and Glenreagh is soon to get the Big Yellow Dog.

Glenreagh’s Golden Dog Hotel is soon to get a giant-sized version of its namesake.

Warren Dean, who took over Glenreagh’s Golden Dog Hotel four-and-a-half years ago, has commissioned a four-metre tall, six-metre-long dog statue to become a tourist attraction for travellers along the Orara Way.

A steel-framed armature will create the skeleton of the dog with its body built of wire netting which will be finished with a skin of cement render and painted.

The dog will be golden yellow rather than metallic gold.

The dog, modelled on the canine statue which has been a feature of the hotel’s beer garden, is already under construction off-site, but the project, which is being completed outdoors because of its size, has been delayed by wet weather.

The dog is being constructed by Korora-based builder Gary Smith.

Mr Dean said once the steel frame was on site it would only take a few weeks to complete, but he could not yet set a date on when the statue would be completed and put in place.

The project is a special one for Warren Dean, because he was one of the cement renderers who put the peel on the Big Banana, which was completed in 1964.

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