Community Events wrap up - 2017/18

Published on 01 December 2018

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In October, the 17th annual Burnie Shines festival was staged which featured 116 events throughout the month, covering all interests from music, art, performances, sport, gardens, shows and markets.  Most of these were presented by community members, with some being organized by Council. 

The Burnie Shines festival program was promoted through a printed event program, a website, via TV, street banners, press and radio advertising. In 2017 Caterpillar was the major sponsor for Burnie Shines and their contribution enabled the event messages to get out even further.

In October 2017, the north-west region hosted about 3,000 sports people participating in the Australian Masters Games, with a week of events and functions shared along the coast.  It was an interesting challenge in working together, getting participants to matches, functions and festivities on time, throughout the week. At the end of the competitions, Burnie hosted a reception on the waterfront for participants and supported the finale concert presented by Skyfields at West Park.

Burnie’s 14th New Year’s Eve celebrations, A Night on the Terrace, attracted about 6,000 people to the waterfront for the celebrations, which began with a thrilling criterium, with over 70 elite cyclists racing through the streets of Burnie. There was lots of entertainment provided at this family event, including three great bands, a children’s stage, super hero characters, circus performers, photo booths, a fire show, a beach bonfire, fireworks displays and lots to eat and drink.

An entry fee of $2 per person, was collected by a team of volunteers at the various entrances. The bar was also run by volunteers from a consortium of community groups, (City of Burnie Lions Club, Somerset Surf Club and the City of Burnie Brass Band) which managed the bar to reinvest the profits back into their local community projects.

Council makes a significant investment in A Night on the Terrace, which brings people together on New Year’s Eve in a safe and fun environment. Part of the success of the event has been the close working relationship Council has with suppliers, emergency services and community groups.

On Easter Sunday 1 April 2018, Council presented its 10th annual Kids in the Park event in Burnie Park. This event targets families with children under twelve and offers a range of activities for children to participate in. It is not just about seeing things, it is about having a go, hunting for eggs, joining a tea party, making a wand, learning to fairy dance, slide down a hill or join a great battle to save a princess.

Some 4,000 people attended Kids in the Park in 2018. This event had free entry and most of the activities were free to participants, with patrons only paying for some rides and their consumables. This evens the playing field, making this experience accessible to all families in the Burnie area, regardless of their circumstances.