Festival’s new healthy outlook
THE Childers multicultural festival could leave you leaner this year as a result of Bundaberg Regional Council’s new Healthy Choices policy.
The 24-page Healthy Choices Catering policy will see food at council organised, supported or sponsored events, including the Childers Festival, become a lot healthier.
But Childers divisional representative Tony Ricciardi assured his community the policy was not going to impact the running of the popular festival.
“That’s not going to be much of a drama,” he said.
“What the council did with the new policy was to lead by example – that there will be an option of foods available and we’ll make sure we always have an option there for people who want to do the right thing.
“Not just go to somewhere where you haven’t got a choice.”
He said the council had already changed its own in-office catering as a way to lead by example.
“We’re getting back to salads and fruits and things like that. They’re really starving us in there now,” he joked.
“I’ve lost about 4kg and I want to lose a lot more, because you do feel a lot better.
“Even just losing a couple of kilograms you can start to feel it doing you some good,” he said.
Cr Ricciardi said the new policy was designed to get the community thinking about what they ate.
“I’m not saying don’t have a meat pie. You can have a meat pie, have one a week or something, but restrict yourself and eat some of the good stuff that goes with it,” Cr Ricciardi said.
“You may be able to blow out once and again. I tend to do that,” he laughed.
He said while the policy would impact future council functions and events in Childers, he didn’t think the community should let it impact their enjoyment of the festival atmosphere.
“Multicultural day is a day about celebrations and celebrating different cultures and tasting,” he said.
“You may only do it once a year.”
Cr Ricciardi said he could not confirm whether the vendors would be issued with the new policy or be required to adhere to it.
“I couldn’t say whether they would be or would not be. They probably would be,” he said.
“But it’s not restricting on people. There’s no law saying they can’t cook this or that.”
Cr Ricciardi said the policy was, as the name stated, more about the community making healthy eating choices than restricting what food vendors could offer at events.
“What we’re saying is if you do go, have a certain amount of high carbs but also look at the low carbs,” he said.
“It’s all about encouraging a different way of eating – what you eat and the portions and so forth.”
TOO SWEET: Fairy floss could be a thing of the past as the council brings in a Healthy Choices Policy.