Events join forces to boost stays

Gatton Star - - LIFE -

TWO of Lock­yer Val­ley’s premier events are set to join forces in 2019.

Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil an­nounced the Lai­d­ley Her­itage Week­end and the Gat­ton Heavy Horse Field Days will this year be­come the Lock­yer Val­ley Her­itage Fes­ti­val.

While it’s a new name, Lock­yer Val­ley Mayor Tanya Mil­li­gan said the foun­da­tions of both events would re­main un­changed.

“The syn­ergy be­tween the Lai­d­ley Her­itage Week­end and the Gat­ton Heavy Horse Field Days is strong, and rather than ask peo­ple to travel to the re­gion on dif­fer­ent week­ends for these events, com­bin­ing them into one week­end will make it more at­trac­tive for ex­ter­nal vis­i­tors and lo­cals to at­tend,” Cr Mil­li­gan said.

The aim of the change is to at­tract overnight stays in the re­gion and bring the tourism dol­lar into the com­mu­nity.

“We want peo­ple to spend two or three days in the Lock­yer Val­ley,” the mayor said.

Lai­d­ley Her­itage Week­end will be held May 4-5 at the Lai­d­ley Pi­o­neer Vil­lage & Mu­seum and Das Neu­mann Haus, while the Heavy Horse Field Days will be on at Gat­ton Show­grounds.

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