The Dorothy the Dinosaur Travelling Show had kids jumping with excitement.
The Dorothy the Dinosaur Travelling Show had kids jumping with excitement.

Floodfest a hit for region

EMERALD residents turned out in force to celebrate and have a good time at Floodfest at the weekend.

The town shrugged off the hardships of the past months following the floods and put on their dancing shoes for the event.

The crowd was in the thousands and grooved along to headlining act, the Cat Empire, as well as Hi-5 and The Dorothy the Dinosaur Travelling Show which was a big hit with children.

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire described Floodfest as a fantastic event for the community.

“I thought it was great,” he said. “Obviously thousands of people went and it was a great opportunity to get out there and have a good night out.

“People seemed to enjoy themselves.”

People came from all over the region and Cr Maguire said he bumped into people from Dysart, Rolleston and Blackwater with entertainment for families in the afternoon and “louder bands” for those a “bit older” at night.

While Cr Maguire didn’t dance along to The Cat Empire, claiming he’s “not a good dancer”, all the entertainment he saw was “good”.

Floodfest was held at the AgGrow site and was hosted by BMA’s Gregory Crinum Mine with partners the Central Highlands Flood Recovery Co-ordination Group, Central Highlands Regional Council and other local community groups.

The event was a celebration of the heroes of the Highlands for their extraordinary efforts during the floods and also heralded in Queensland Week with celebrations set to take place all across the state this week.

Cr Maguire urged everyone to remember each other during Queensland Week, in particular those impacted by the floods.

“Continue to support each other,” he urged. “Remember to check on others - especially those suffering from the floods.”

He also encouraged everyone to get along to Maroon Day and meet the Queensland State of Origin team today.

“Come along, it should be bigger than Ben Hur,” he said.

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