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