Heart of the Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

THE North Bur­nett gen­uinely has a unique flavour all of its own, made eas­ier to see when you are a vis­i­tor or newly moved to the area.

The cit­rus bowl of Queens­land has a cul­ture of agri­cul­ture and farm­ing that adds to the feel and vibe of each town across the North Bur­nett.

As such, the Heart­land Fes­ti­val, the brain­child of Gayn­dah woman Re­nee McGil­very, is an idea per­fect for show­cas­ing ev­ery­thing great the re­gion has on of­fer.

The Or­ange Fes­ti­val has be­come a sta­ple of North Bur­nett life over the years and it seems fit­ting to fi­nally have an­other fes­ti­val that can show­case the broad range of pro­duce and cul­ture be­yond just that of the cov­eted cit­rus.

I was lucky enough to cover the first ever Heart­land Fes­ti­val and was pleas­antly sur­prised to see the suc­cess of the in­au­gu­ral event, prov­ing once again the sup­port­ive na­ture of the North Bur­nett com­mu­nity.

If I hadn’t known bet­ter I wouldn’t have guessed it was the first ever Heart­land Fes­ti­val based on the num­bers through the gates and at each event.

It seems like one of those ideas that was wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered.

Ms McGil­very has done an out­stand­ing job to achieve what she has, with the help of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, friends, fam­ily and the com­mu­nity.

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