Let’s work to­gether

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

ARE we now amal­ga­mated with Bund­aberg or not? It was brought to my at­ten­tion that on the 6pm lo­cal news on Seven, Wed­nes­day night, Au­gust 13, it was said that Bund­aberg did not have an iconic event to carry for­ward with, such as Gympie Muster and Wood­ford fes­ti­val. Please help me out here. Since we were amal­ga­mated with Bund­aberg, are we not part of the Bund­aberg re­gion? Wake up, Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil. Childers, Gin Gin and many new ar­eas are now an in­te­gral part of our re­gion. We do have an iconic event, how­ever you have done your best to steal our iconic event. Con­tem­plate this – the now-called Childers Fes­ti­val is not what it started out as. I be­lieve orig­i­nally it was a wine and food fes­ti­val, evolv­ing into the Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val. It has since been changed to the Fes­ti­val of Cul­tures to the now Childers Fes­ti­val. Stalls were orig­i­nally free to af­ford­able. This is why we achieved such a truly mul­ti­cul­tural event be­cause all dif­fer­ent cul­tures could be in­volved at an af­ford­able cost. Now the cost of a stall site is as much as $450-plus. Wasn’t this our iconic mul­ti­cul­tural fes­ti­val? But no, Bund­aberg has to have the mul­ti­cul­tural fes­ti­val. Why? Open your eyes and your mind and imag­ine what we could achieve if we could all work to­gether. TROY MADLE Pres­i­dent, Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce

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