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Mackay City Centre Street Party – A Big Hit !

By Tammy Laval

Even though organisers of the Twilight City ‘Imagine More’ street party may have had to postpone due to wet weather, their assurance that the event would be bigger and better than origainlly planned given the unexpected delay proved all too true.

Following a last minute cancellation last week, due to rain, the creative team have had an extra week to fine tune the program.

It included a new headline act, one of the longest running Beatles tribute shows in the world Beatnix.

Mackay Regional Council’s manager for economic development Debra Howe said the new addition had a special meaning.

“It’s the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first and only Australian tour in 1964,” she said. “It will be a fantastic show with lots of fun,” coupled with market stalls, pop up restaurants, constant entertainment and a screening at an outdoor cinema of Despicable Me 2.

In fact thousands enjoyed all Mackay had to offer at the Twilight City Imgine More Street Party on Saturday.

The event was hailed a hugh success by organisers.

Councillor Chris Bonanno said council was happy with the turnout and wanted to thank all involved for their tireless efforts.

Wood St was closed as a result on Saturday to make way for the event.

Ray White Mackay City created a pop-up game to help entertain over 200 children, during the event through their ‘Balloon Bursting Competition’, which proved to be a popular activity.  The full numbers were felt relatively quickly when our troops were hit before the moving screening of Despicable Me 2.

The Call for More !

The call for more hosted street parties. That’s the call which has gone out to Mackay Regional Council after thousands discovered the attraction of an evening spent strolling the city centre streets.

An overwhelming response was received on the Daily Mercury’s Facebook page, where readers deemed the Twilight City Imagine More Street Party on Saturday night a huge success and said they were keen to attend similar city centre events in future.

“We should have these street parties more often – showcase the food we have on offer but also the talent we have,” Jodie Benfer said on Facebook.

Josie Blines said Wood St should be shut off every weekend and all restaurants opened to the street.

Festival, events and the arts portfolio councillor Chris Bonanno said he too would like to see more activities such as the street party held in the city centre.

“Part of the revitalisation plan is to encourage more activities like that,” he said. “It comes down to what the community is after.”

Businesses also benefited from Saturday’s street party, Cr Bonanno said.

“For those that opened, they would have been happy with the amount of people who came to city centre, not only to do business on the night but to also showcase what they do,” he said.

The Animating Spaces program, which aims to revitalise and celebrate significant spaces, would be held in and around Mackay’s city centre next year, Cr Bonanno said.

AN OUTDOOR cinema showing the hit flick Despicable Me 2 is among a line-up of entertainment taking over the City Centre on August 16 as part of the Twilight City Imagine More street party.

Mayor Deirdre Comerford said the celebrations marked the official start of capital works for the $18 million revitalisation project for the City Centre, jointly funded by the Australian Government and Mackay Regional Council.

The free event is scheduled to be reheld again next year due to the overwhelming response and feedback filtering back from both the business and wider community.  It is hoped to coinside with the reopening of the City Heart on the completion of the revitalisation project.

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