DISCUSSING an enlarged festival are Joe McErlean and Samantha Muller
DISCUSSING an enlarged festival are Joe McErlean and Samantha Muller

Festive challenge to Kyogle people

By ADAM HICKS

HOW much action can Kyogle handle?

It has been put to residents to decide if they want to pack Kyogle's town centre with a week full of festivities in October.

Kyogle Council economic development officer Samantha Muller said a group of residents had put forward a proposal that the 50th anniversary school reunion, the Kyogle Show and the Fairymount Festival be combined to create a week-long celebration.

The proposal will be discussed on March 7 at the Fairymount Festival committee annual meeting.

If enough support is generated at the AGM, the festival could be resurrected to complement the already organised events.

The reunion is being held on the Saturday night of the October long weekend.

The Kyogle Show is planned for the following weekend.

Ms Muller said if the idea received community support it would be a huge financial boost for the low socio-economic town.

"The idea is to get people here, keep people here, get them to spend their money, and get them to come back," she said.

"This will see the town's major events working together so we can maximise return."

Ms Muller said the event would be highly marketable and attract people from all over the region.

"If we can get the Kyogle community behind this, to flesh out the week and come on board to help, we could have a fabulous week of events," she said.

"But at the moment we are still testing the waters to see if Kyogle would support the concept.

"And ultimately, the decision comes down to festival organisers."

Former Fairymount Festival committee chairman Joe McErlean said he supported the concept.

"Personally, I think it's a good idea, but it's up to the committee to decide what form the festival takes," he said.

However, he said it was not known if there would be enough support for the festi- val to run.

Last year there wasn't.

He said it would all depend on the turn-out at the AGM.

"We need everyone to come. Not just people who want to be on the committee, but everyone who has an idea or wants to voice an opinion should come," Mr McErlean said.



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