The Lake Eildon Festival, due to be held at the end of November, will be moved to February next year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Mansfield Shire Senior Coordinator Community and Economic Development, Nicole Nye, said those involved from the Goughs Bay and Bonnie Doon communities and the boating industry requested the festival be postponed.
“We will now do more consultation with those involved to decide on the date in February. Traditionally we don't have any events during summer so holding the festival in February will provide the tourism sector something new on the calendar, between the two peak visitation periods of Christmas holidays and March. We trust it will be a further opportunity to increase visitation over that usually quieter period,” Ms Nye said.
The Lake Eildon Festival is usually held to mark the opening of the water sports season and has been held for six years. It attracts about 2,500 people to the lakeside towns each year.
Tom Calderwood from the Bonnie Doon Hotel, who organises the on-water events and the boat expo at the festival, said boating manufacturers and suppliers requested the festival be postponed because COVID-19 had impacted on manufacturing.
“February suits the industry. They will have boats for use in the demonstrations by then. We are keen to work with the Council and industry to find a suitable date in February,” Mr Calderwood said.
Ms Nye said the Goughs Bay Progress Association also supported moving the festival.