Bring on Bairnsdale
Bairnsdale Field & Game will host the 2018 National Carnival and the team is looking forward to the challenge.
President Michael Crane was at Wodongaalbury shooting his first National Carnival but it wasn’t because he’d suddenly developed a competitive streak or the secret to never missing a target. “It is my first National Carnival; I came along fact-finding and it is an amazing event, the scale of it, the numbers, it is a big eyeopener,” he said. However, the event is not new to Bairnsdale, which has been hosting a 10-year cycle since 1998 and retains a >>
lot of members with experience of hosting a National Carnival. “Our older committee members have experience and have been in that space before, which will be a big help,” Michael said. “The Wodonga-albury branch has done a great job and we will have to work hard to emulate that. We will have to draw on a sister club or two to help with infrastructure and logistics but we have a big volunteer base at the club as well.” Bairnsdale is blessed with a brand new club room that is expansive and perfect for a major event, and there’s additional land that will help with a six-ground set-up. “We can also run two practice grounds on the Friday,” he said. Accommodation is plentiful and with Bairnsdale races scheduled for Melbourne Cup Day 2018, the hope is that many will make it an extended holiday. “We have 1100 beds just within a 15 km radius of our club and if you go out another ring it goes to 2500¬–3000 beds,” Michael said. “We’d like people to come for a four-day weekend and enjoy the Gippsland Lakes and all the natural wonders we have, as well as competing in a great event.”
Scouting trip: Bairnsdale president Michael Crane, treasurer Reg Biggs and secretary Rachel Breukel at the National Carnival