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A big Bourke Easter Festivalplanned for 2021

The Easter Bunny at the traditional rugby union grudge match between the Old Boys and the young Rams. Photo TWH

Bourke Shire Council and members of local community groups met last week to prepare for the 2021 Back O’ Bourke Easter Festival.

Despite the possibility that COVID could still restrict community events, the committee is full steam ahead, preparing for the annual Easter Festival, a huge hit on the Bourke community calendar.

Chair of the meeting Leonie Brown says council is working closely with Commander Andrew Hurst and his police colleagues, to prepare for the event.

“We must find a way to make the festival happen; we have a new normal now, and we need to live in accordance with the new boundaries forced on us by the pandemic.

“We are planning all of the usual activities and we will deal with any changes as they arise.

“To batten down the hatches and not organise the event for fear of what could happen, would be detrimental to our community. We are moving ahead with a positive attitude,” Mrs Brown said.

Enthusiasm for the 2021 Easter Festival is running hot, with activities and organisations involved throwing their hands up yet again.

At the meeting, Mrs Brown said there was support from local Police for organisations setting up COVID safety plans for their individual events, by following current public health orders.

“Commander Hurst has expressed his total support for the event to proceed and has even offered to advise individual groups on abiding by all COVID requirements.

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