Ital­ian fes­ti­val falls vic­tim to force of na­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

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.

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