Events join forces to boost stays
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.