Italian festival falls victim to force of nature
UNPRECEDENTED destruction across the Herbert River district has forced this year’s Australian-Italian Festival to be postponed.
The launch of this year’s iconic event received a major blow after the region was swamped by consecutive flooding events on top of Cyclone Yasi.
The festival, which was due to be held in May, will call the Tyto Precinct home for the first time this year in an attempt to breathe life into the multicultural event.
T h e p r e c i n c t r e m a i n s waterlogged due to an unprecedented level of rainfall rec o r d e d t h r o u g h o u t t h i s year’s wet season.
Hinchinbrook Shire Mayor and festival president Pino Giandomenico said the decision was the only option.
‘‘ The Tyto Wetlands look like a swamp after all the rain we’ve been having so we didn’t want t o t ake t he gamble if areas are still wet in a month or so,’’ he said.
‘‘ A lot of people are still carrying out r est oration works as well so we didn’t want to put any unnecessary pressure on the people who are already doing it tough.’’
The festival will now be held in August.