Streets shut for win­ter

More stalls, rides and fun for this year’s event

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - SCOTT KOVACEVIC

WIN­TER Trees on Mary par­ty­go­ers will get more space to revel in this year, with the en­tire lengths of lower Mary and Smith­field Streets closed to traf­fic.

The clo­sure will al­low for more en­ter­tain­ment, mar­ket stalls, horse and cart rides to be of­fered at the fes­ti­val next Wed­nes­day evening.

It will also im­prove safety for guests, which has been a com­mon com­plaint about the hugely pop­u­lar event.

Mary St will be closed from the cor­ner of Mon­k­land St to the Five­ways round­about from 4-10pm.

Smith­field St will also be shut at that same time.

A coun­cil spokes­woman said staff would be di­rect­ing traf­fic out of the area from 4pm to al­low for stalls to set up.

“Busi­nesses in the town cen­tre are ad­vised to or­gan­ise im­por­tant or ur­gent de­liv­er­ies prior to the day, as in­com­ing traf­fic will not be per­mit­ted af- ter 4pm,” she said.

The Win­ter on Mary fun runs from 5-9pm.

The CBD’s restau­rants, cafes and shops will stay open for late night shop­ping, as well as chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, wine and cheese tast­ing, bou­tique shop­ping and live en­ter­tain­ment at the Cen­tre Stage.

There will be awards for rock­ing up in the best bean­ies and mit­tens, and the streets’ trees will be decked out in the finest win­ter frock­ery.

Photo: Leeroy Todd

CHILL OUT: The length of lower Mary St will be closed for this year’s Win­ter Trees on Mary fes­ti­val which is Wed­nes­day night.

RE­PORTER scott.kovacevic@gympi­

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