OR­ANGE FES­TI­VAL CHANGES

New pa­rade route could be on cards

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery Adam.McCleery@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Or­ange Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee is cur­rently in the process of con­sid­er­ing mov­ing the lo­ca­tion of the fes­ti­val due to a num­ber of ex­ter­nal fac­tors.

Or­ange Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee spokesper­son Judy Shep­herd said once they were able to fi­nalise the new pa­rade route the real or­gan­is­ing can be­gin.

“Un­for­tu­nately this has put us back a bit in the plan­ning process,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

“Be­cause we haven’t nut­ted out where the pa­rade will be we are be­hind, we can’t plan the event with­out know­ing where it’s go­ing to be.”

Cur­rently the pro­posal is to move the pa­rade fur­ther along Me­son St from the Grand Ho­tel to the West­side Take­way ans St Joseph’s Pri­mary School.

“This al­lows us the most space and will limit the amount of qual­i­fied peo­ple needed to man the bar­ri­ers,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

“That gives us some other op­tions, it is wider and has more shade and the art gallery, grand ho­tel and bowls club are all on that sec­tion of road.

“This is un­der the pro­vi­sion that there are not too many ob­jec­tions to that lo­ca­tion.”

The ma­jor­ity of feed­back that the Or­ange Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee re­ceived was against the pro­posed re­lo­ca­tion.

“One of the eas­ier op­tions we were look­ing at was hav­ing to take the whole thing to an en­closed area like the Gayn­dah Show­grounds,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

“Some­thing like 90% of peo­ple we heard from were ve­he­mently op­posed to mov­ing the pa­rade too far from the main street.”

The fes­ti­val com­mit­tee is com­mit­ted to a smoothly run fes­ti­val.

“We don’t have the crowd being split up by the races so we will have to work ex­tra hard to find in­ter­est­ing things to add,” Mrs Shep­herd said.

“At this stage we still haven’t con­firmed where the pa­rade route will be, we’re also try­ing to get a lot of ex­tra stuff go­ing.

“As I said we are be­hind with the plan­ning un­for­tu­nately.”

One of the eas­ier op­tions we looked at was tak­ing the whole thing to an en­closed area. — Judy Shep­herd

PHOTO: SHAN­NON NEWLEY

DOWN THE STREET: Mounted po­lice lead in a pre­vi­ous Gayn­dah Or­ange Fes­ti­val Pa­rade.

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