Pemberton’s newest attraction an online hit

Cecilia AllenManjimup-Bridgetown Times

The Pemberton Community Resource Centre has reported the discovery of a giant crustacean in Big Brook Dam.

The centre was approached many times last year with rumours of the giant marron but were sceptical of its existence until last week when a family holidaying in Pemberton captured the monster marron on film.

The family confirmed the Monster Marron was a friendly creature, spending hours swimming alongside the family and their dog.

The marron has its own Facebook Page – which had more than 3000 views over the weekend – for people to utilise in their own personal hunt for the crustacean.

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The tourism stunt by the centre is the start of a project to boost the profile of Pemberton and entice more people to visit area, according to centre manager Sarah-Jayne Griffiths.

“Tourism initiatives don’t require massive government investments or the creation of huge new infrastructure,” she said.

“It’s all about marketing our town and the Monster Marron is a way of doing that a little bit differently.”

Mrs Griffiths said about 16,000 people had viewed the Facebook page of a “secret identity” known only as the Pemberton Pom, who documents his adventures of his new home in Pemberton.

Mrs Giffiths said one hotel which was endorsed by the Pemberton Pom had 3000 views.

“The marketing potential is huge with a direct impact on businesses,” she said.

“We had a man come in with an idea about promoting marron and from there the Monster Marron was born.”

Mrs Griffiths said she wanted to encourage people to utilise the centre for similar ideas.

“Anyone visiting Big Brook Dam for marron should send their pictures to us, we’ll post them on our Facebook page and there might be a little suprise in the background,” she said.

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