Festival building to a big start
This year’s Burdekin Water Festival will combine a celebration of the past and provide for a stronger future for program entrants.
Nominations for the Queensland Country Credit Union Junior Ambassador and Wilmar Sugar Senior Ambassador programs are now open for what will, essentially, be the 60th time the programs have run.
The Sunwater Burdekin Blokes program also returns in 2018 with nominations now being taken and an emphasis on entrants from community groups and local small businesses.
Member for Burdekin, Dale Last, has again offered to cover the nomination for three entrants. Water Festival Vice-President, Brendan Winn, said that local member’s support highlighted the importance of the program.
“Last year we had a group of Burdekin Blokes who really came out of their shells with Dale’s help,” Mr Winn said. “They were all quite shy at the start of the festival but by the end they were more confident and they were great representatives of their organisations.”
“The entrants in all of the programs develop personally but they also highlight what local community groups and businesses do for our district.”
“The programs go a long way to helping the entrants’ confidence but the benefits are also there for their sponsoring organisations and the community as a whole,” he said.
Flavours of the World will be the first major festival event on July 28th with entrants having only been introduced to festival sponsors prior to the event.
Mr Winn said this year’s festival will feature all the events that have become favourites but will also feature a few surprises.
“We have a few things up our sleeve to celebrate 60 years of the festival and we are looking forward to sharing the festival with the public and the program entrants,” Mr Winn said.
Nomination forms for the Ambassador and Burdekin Blokes programs are now available from the Burdekin Water Festival website. Applications for stalls at Flavours of the World are also being accepted and are also available from the website.