Learn­ing from Goomeri

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - Kather­ine Mor­ris kather­ine.mor­ris@ south­bur­nett­times.com.au

GOOMERI is in the midst of an eco­nomic re­nais­sance, and other South Bur­nett towns can learn from what the town is do­ing.

Goomeri Pump­kin Fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor Kim Boyter said new busi­nesses had opened in Goomeri and there would be more on the way.

“The mood and the at­mos­phere is quite elec­tric in town with so much hap­pen­ing,” Mrs Boyter said.

“We’ve got the coun­cil’s Our Towns project, where they are re­fur­bish­ing the old rail­way land into park land and with all the new busi­nesses and there is still more com­ing and it’s in­cred­i­ble.

“Try­ing to get a carpark around town is in­fu­ri­at­ing.”

Mrs Boyter said other towns needed to take the same chance Goomeri did 21 years ago with the idea of the Pump­kin Fes­ti­val to have sim­i­lar suc­cess. “You just have to have a go, if some­one comes up with an idea as crazy as it may sounds like Goomeri did,” she said. “Small towns like Goomeri ap­pre­ci­ate the no­to­ri­ety we gain by our fes­ti­val and events and we look for­ward to con­tin­ued sup­port.

“I would like to think there is more public aware­ness for Goomeri and what the re­gion has to of­fer on the tourism side, it has been a ma­jor boost for the town.” Mrs Boyter said towns needed to have a good vol­un­teer base for any idea or fes­ti­val to suc­ceed.

All the pump­kins used in the pump­kin fes­ti­val are lo­cally grown.

More than 1400 pump­kins are used to make soup, pies and scones as well as for the day’s events.

The com­mit­tee has just had its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing and will start the plan­ning for the next fes­ti­val in Novem­ber.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

READY TO ROLL: The Pump­kin Roll at the Goomeri Pump­kin Fes­ti­val.

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