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GOONDIWINDI PRESENTS ANOTHER BOOMER EASTER ON THE MACINTYRE

18 April 2017


GOONDIWINDI PRESENTS ANOTHER BOOMER EASTER ON THE MACINTYRE


Once again, Goondiwindi and the Macintyre River came alive over the Easter weekend with four days of festivities.  The perfect weather led to what was another outstanding event and opens the door for an even bigger event in 2018 when Goondiwindi becomes the gateway to Queensland for the southern traveller on their way to the Gold Coast for the opening of the Commonwealth Games, on Wednesday April 4, 2018.  Easter 2018 falls on Thursday March 29 through to Monday April 2 and a huge explosion of travellers is expected with tourists and campers making their way to the opening of the Games. 

Goondiwindi Cotton opened proceedings this year with a fundraiser for the Tie up the Black Dog organisation with the launch of their winter clothing fashions.  Proprietor of Goondiwindi Cotton Sam Coulton and his staff hosted a wonderful evening and a good crowd enjoyed seeing some of the fashions that will be available this year from Goondiwindi Cotton.

Due to the Macintyre River still being quite dirty form the recent floods the Fishing Competition was cancelled, however a number of keen anglers still tried their luck over the weekend.

As expected, the Saturday event at the river precinct was another great success with a number of Junior Talent from Goondiwindi on display on the big stage at the Tait Toyota Light and Sound Show. Visitors were amazed at the talent on display and those that took part should be deservedly proud of their performances. 

As has become the norm, the fireworks from the bridge was another awesome display with visitors commenting on the quality of the display. The finale was complemented by the theme of the night “Only Twelve Months till the Games”.

It was estimated that over 2,000 attended the Saturday night event to enjoy the music by the Local Lot that followed the fireworks display, again a credit to local talent.

Local community groups like the Goondiwindi State School Music Group and the three major service clubs (Rotary, Apex and Lions) all catered well for the huge crowd and all raised money for community use.

A visit from the Psychs on Bikes was another highlight.  The team rode in on their bikes and conducted Men’s Health checks. On Sunday, after Brekky at the Royal, the team then visited the quilting display at the Golden Age Centre before having a photo taken in front of the old gum tree on the river, a quick Victoria Hotel Pub Tour and onto St George.

Hospitality providers reported above average sales for the weekend and on top of the previous weekend’s very successful Picnic Races, the town has enjoyed a very busy tourist period.  Once again, unfortunately penalty rates played a part in restricting businesses from operating fully.  As one business said, it would be great to open more and keep the visitors to the town happy but unfortunately, there is not enough volume to be paying staff $53 per hour for the three of the four Public Holidays.

Most organisations have committed again for next year’s event, which is promising to be the biggest yet. As well as the Easter on the Macintyre and welcome to Queensland for the games, Goondiwindi has been awarded the eight day Australian Water Ski Championships.  The Championships will be  held prior to and over the Easter break which will mean the Water Park will be closed but there is bound to be plenty of entertainment on.

Organisers are searching for a major event to be staged on the Sunday to replace what was the TAB Race day that was withdrawn this year due to funding cuts within Racing Queensland. 


For further information, please contact:

Councillor Graeme Scheu
Mayor
Goondiwindi Regional Council

Mobile: 0427 718 877
Email: gscheu@grc.qld.gov.au

Pictured: Psychs on Bikes, Mackenzie Timms and Erin Ellis performing.







 


 

 

 

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