Heart of the Burnett
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.