After being originally planned for earlier in the year, the Goldfields Community Festival is happening on Saturday 15 October 2022 from 11am to 4pm at Philips Gardens, Maryborough.
As the initiator and major sponsor of the Festival, Go Goldfields is delighted to have partnered with Committee for Maryborough, Maryborough Rotary and Central Goldfields Shire Council to deliver what is expected to be a fabulous community event.
The Festival will feature music, art, games, rides, information and activities, and was developed in direct response to local families seeking more free family orientated activities in Central Goldfields.
Maryborough District Health Service will also host a First Nations tent with activities and yarning circle. A Dja Dja Wurrung Elder will perform a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony to open the festival at 11am.
Go Goldfields Leadership Table Chair Rebecca Hanley said the Goldfields Community Festival was a great opportunity for the community to come together in a fun and playful environment to connect, relax, be inspired and learn more about all the great services and initiatives available in the Shire.
“The event is about coming together, being able to reconnect post-COVID and to celebrate the wonderful community we have here.
“It’s very exciting to have events happening again and this will be the perfect way to celebrate the Central Goldfields and a chance for residents new and old to come together.”
Committee for Maryborough Executive Officer and Festival Coordinator Kerrie Dowling said the festival will be a great family-friendly day out.
“There will be tents and displays from the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, Supported Playgroups, Maryborough Field Naturalists, Maternal and Child Health, the 32 day Challenge, The Nest and FReeZA just to name a few. There will also be plenty of kids’ activities, entertainment and great food – all of which will be FREE.
“The community bus will also be doing free pick-ups from Carisbrook, Talbot and Dunolly to ensure anyone and everyone can come along.”
Local residents Cheryle, Ruben and Audrey Vanland made the winning contribution to the Go Goldfields naming competition with the name ‘Goldfields Community Festival – Connect and Celebrate’. The festival logo also features Silver Wattle, Mana Gum and Wheat, which all hold local meaning.
The Festival is supported by the Victorian Government, Go Goldfields, Committee for Maryborough, Maryborough Rotary, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Maryborough District Health Service, and Community Bank Avoca, Maryborough and St Arnaud.