People are encouraged to plan ahead to make it easier to travel to and from Bendigo TAFE Bendigo Easter Festival.
City of Greater Bendigo Manager Tourism and Major Events Terry Karamaloudis said the special parade route for the Golden Dragons has meant that the community needs to be aware that there have been a number of changes this year.
“We want to encourage the community to take a few minutes to think about how they plan to get to and from the festival and to take on board some of the changes, such as the longer road closures close to the parade routes.
“Some selected roads will be closed in the festival precinct at different times over the weekend and some may be closed for longer than in previous years,” Mr Karamaloudis said.
“People should also be aware that there will be plenty of opportunity to see the dragons along the parade route, but spectators must stay behind the blue line during the entire parade procession so that the route remains clear for the dragons.
“If you have accessibility issues, I would encourage you to plan ahead so that you know where suitable parking is available and be aware of the appropriate viewing areas. We have highlighted accessibility information on our website so you can plan ahead.”
A number of car parks will be available close to the festival precinct in the following locations: St Andrews Avenue, Hargreaves Street (access via Edward Street), Bath Lane (access via Edward Street) and Tom Flood Sports Centre*
McCrae Street will also host accessible parking during parade times only. Please present your disability parking permit to the traffic controller at the road closure point.
Disability parking permits should be displayed at all times if you are using these parking spaces.
*Please note that the Tom Flood Sports Centre will have no entry on Sunday 7.30.to 10pm and Sunday 12.30pm – 4pm due to the parades.
Along the parade route there will be designated viewing areas for people using motorised scooters and wheelchairs. These areas will be clearly signed, please be considerate and keep these areas clear.
- View Street (The Capital)
- Piazza at Rosalind Park
- Pall Mall (Shamrock Hotel)
- William Vahland Place / Bull Street
- McCrae Street car park
During the festival access toilets will be located at the following locations:
- Rosalind Park
- Park Road (behind Golden Dragon Museum)
- Queen Elizabeth Oval
- Tom Flood Sports Centre
- Taxi rank (Park Road)
- Hargreaves Street multi story car park
- Mews Laneway (behind the Bendigo Visitor Centre)
- McCrae Street Car Park (Marveloo*)
The Marveloo is a mobile accessible restroom suitable for people with severe disabilities and their carers. The facility provides accessible features such as an overhead hoist, adult change table, access ramp and automatic door.
For more details on road closures and accessibility, please visit: https://www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au