LET­TERS

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

BUND­ABERG Re­gional Coun­cil may be suf­fer­ing some sort of “poor me” syn­drome with its pub­lic­ity re­gard­ing need­ing another “icon” to bring folk to the area. If the coun­cil thinks it can mimic or out­per­form the Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val, it is def­i­nitely dream­ing. I do not re­call (but could be wrong) that any pre­vi­ous fes­ti­vals, air dis­plays or what­ever has man­aged to bring 50,000 or more to the

If the coun­cil thinks it can mimic or out­per­form the Childers Mul­ti­cul­tural Fes­ti­val, it is def­i­nitely dream­ing.

area at no cost to the folk at­tend­ing. I parked at the north­ern end of the Childers town­ship, and noted in­ter­state num­ber plates from ev­ery state in Aus­tralia on ve­hi­cles of all con­fig­u­ra­tions, from mo­torhomes, car­a­vans, mo­tor­bikes, cars and four-wheel drives as well. Ob­vi­ously the word has spread Aus­tralia-wide about the qual­ity of the en­ter­tain­ment, food and prod­ucts on sale at this fes­ti­val – and all for free? When driv­ing back to Bund­aberg via the Childers Rd, the rest area at Ap­ple Tree Creek was over­flow­ing with vans and mo­torhomes, which, in turn, was a free night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion, but hope­fully added to the cof­fers of Ap­ple Tree Creek busi­nesses. So when the coun­cil is con­tem­plat­ing another idea to at­tract folk to the city of Bund­aberg, they do need to think long and hard about what can be dif­fer­ent and not mimic some­thing that al­ready ex­ists (and charge for the priv­i­lege). S CHARLES Pine Creek

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