Burdekin Shire Youth Council joins fun of Burdekin Open Day festivities

The Burdekin Shire Youth Council will be bringing a bit of colour and fun to the Burdekin Open Day festivities on May 30.

Burdekin Shire Youth Mayor Cassandra Loizou said the team would have a $2 face-painting stall and a jumping castle set up next door to Queen Street interiors.

“We’re looking forward to being a part of the event and adding a bit of colour by painting faces,” she said.

“Last year was really good and I was surprised by the number of kids that were around.

“It was lots of fun, so I expect this year will be just as much fun.”

Council’s Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the May 30 event would finish with visitors being taken to the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships at the old Home Hill showgrounds.

“We wanted to showcase a piece of the region’s history to our visitors and the Championships do that,” he said.

“Cane is what built the Burdekin and cutting cane by hand was what our pioneer farmers had to do.

“The Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships are a great opportunity to see just how tough our pioneers were.”

Mr Vaccaro said businesses were encouraged to have one-day sales or promotions, extend their trading hours for a couple of hours, hold street stalls and use mascots for the event.

“We want to create a party atmosphere, so put up some bunting, bring your shop out to the street and have some fun,” he said.

“Council is waiving the fee for footpath permits for this day only, but please abide by health and safety regulations.”

The Burdekin Open Day visitors’ itinerary will include a morning in the Ayr CBD, afternoon in Home Hill CBD and entry into the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships.

Any businesses requiring further information can contact the Community Development team on 4783 9832.


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