Bendigo Easter Festival carnival rides to return to CBD in 2017

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Carnival rides will return to the streets of Bendigo’s central business district for the 2017 Bendigo Easter Festival.

This year the festival will trial moving the carnival rides from Tom Flood Sports Centre to Mundy Street, between Pall Mall and Lyttleton Terrace, to give the carnival a more visible presence. 

Bendigo Easter Festival Reference Group Chair, Cr Rod Fyffe, said it was important any improvements made to the festival were done so in a sustainable way.

“The Victorian Showmen’s Guild has expressed a strong desire to return the carnival to the CBD and after looking at a range of locations, it has been decided to trial the carnival rides in Mundy Street,” Cr Fyffe said.

“Mundy Street places the carnival in closer proximity to the festival precinct and also closer to the parade route along Pall Mall.

“VicRoads and Victoria Police have approved these plans and special traffic management will be put in place so festival patrons can move easily between the many great attractions on offer.

“The reference group is continually looking for ways to improve the overall festival experience and we look forward to trialling this new location.”

There have not been any rides in the CBD since the carnival was moved to the Tom Flood Sports Centre in 2009.

Victorian Showmen’s Guild President Max Laurie OAM said he looked forward to the carnival operating in Mundy Street.

“The Bendigo Easter Festival is one of Victoria’s oldest and most enduring festivals and the Showmen’s Guild wants to continue to be part of that history,” Mr Laurie said.

“We are very pleased with the offer to move back into the CBD and hope to make the return a great success.

“The Showmen’s Guild, City of Greater Bendigo staff and the Festival reference group has worked very hard to make this change a reality. Discussions have been ongoing and I hope the shift will receive the support of the community.”

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