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'Australia Day in the Park' Labelled a Huge Success

Friday, 29 January, 2021 - 12:30

Council’s ‘Australia Day in the Park’ community event has been labelled a huge success with almost 1,000 locals, visitors and stallholders attending the event.

Mayor Cr Mark Holcombe said that he was very pleased with how the day turned out.

“It was great to see people reconnecting and having fun while enjoying the entertainment at the park.”

“Events are an essential part of community recovery; a way to bring people together and help to build resilience after a very difficult period.” He said.

The funding to hold the event came through Bushfire Recovery Victoria following the impact of the 2020 bushfires on Mansfield Shire’s economy and the National Australia Day Council Australia Day Fund.

“We are very grateful for the funding which enabled us to put this event on, and offer something new and fun for the community,” Cr Holcombe said.

Entertainment kicked off at 11am with live music performances, an inflatable maze, jumping castle, roving entertainment and a wipe-out challenge.

For many of the local food and beverage stallholders, the event was one of their first since the pandemic hit back in March last year.

Kellie Rorison and Olly Lewis, owners of Little Ice Creamery supplied their locally made ice cream on the day and said the event was a success for them and an all-round fantastic day.

“We had a wet start to the day which didn’t seem to scare people away, it was great to see families having a good time.”

“After the year we’ve all had, it was nice to have the opportunity to attend the event and see people out in the community supporting local business.” Said Ms Rorison and Mr Lewis.

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Last Updated: Friday, 29 January, 2021 - 12:38