Sugar Fes­ti­val in Moss­man sights

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

MOSS­MAN could soon have its very own an­nual “Sugar Fes­ti­val” to at­tract more peo­ple to the re­gion.

The Sugar Fes­ti­val idea was de­vel­oped by Renee Allert and Frank Frikker who had a vi­sion to show­case the agri­cul­ture and farm­ing in­dus­try Moss­man has to of­fer.

“I thought that Moss­man could re­vive and rein­vent it­self by hav­ing a fes­ti­val,” Mr Frikker said.

“Sugar cane is the core of Moss­man and so the idea of a sugar cane fes­ti­val sounded re­ally ap­peal­ing and I thought it could be com­bined with mu­sic as well.”

Their vi­sion was shared with a dozen mem­bers at the Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce last Wed­nes­day and re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back.

Cham­ber sec­re­tary Wendy Casey said the fes­ti­val would be a per­fect way to draw peo­ple to Moss­man and ed­u­cate them about what the re­gion has right on its doorstep.

“Moss­man doesn’t have an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of any kind and it was iden­ti­fied that the sugar cane in­dus­try is a key part of the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“It was dis­cussed that the fes­ti­val could fo­cus on lo­cal farm­ing pro­duce, sug­ar­cane farm­ing, sugar mill tours and would take place dur­ing the sug­ar­cane sea­son.”

The cham­ber is keen to hear from mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who have any ideas which could be in­cor­po­rated into the fes­ti­val.

Cham­ber mem­bers also voted to try and re­vive the Moss­man Mill mu­seum to fur­ther en­hance the town and also dis­cussed a pro­posal for a tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre in Craiglie to pro­mote the his­tory of the site re­lat­ing to the Bump Track.

Photo by COUR­TESY OF THE STATE LI­BRARY OF QUEENS­LAND

His­tory re­vived: the Moss­man Cham­ber of Com­merce wants to breathe new life into the mu­seum of the Moss­man Cen­tral Mill, pic­tured here in 1912

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