Organisers of the Family Fun Fair operating during the school holidays at the Mildura Racecourse have been overwhelmed with the support from the Mildura community.
“Families attending the event have thanked us for being here” organiser Tony McCulloch said. “We are fourth and fifth generation showmen and the last two years has been particularly hard on our industry. Not being able to work has had a detrimental impact on our mental health, it is so great to be back at work” Tony said.
The Victorian group headed into regional Victoria in the hope of being able to provide some entertainment to country people, only to be caught out in the state-wide lockdown, stuck in Bendigo unable to work or move.
The Family Fun Fair arrived in Mildura from Bendigo just over two weeks ago and after initially planning to operate on the Mildura Riverfront at Nowingi Place, moved to the Mildura Racecourse.
Under the current DHHS restrictions, Amusements may operate at 25% total venue capacity with cap at 300 people per space, whichever is lesser. The fenced area at the Race Course allowed the monitoring and operation of the Fair under the COVID capacity limits achievable.
Organisers reported that crowd numbers have been pleasing over the first week of operations with patrons understanding of the capacity limits and the need to comply with COVID restrictions and COVID Safety measures in place for the Fair.
A regular to Mildura and Wentworth for many years, Tony McCulloch said “we are pleased to be back in this region supporting local business who without we would not be able to hold the Fair.” “Supplies for the catering van, equipment repairs and maintenance and fuel to operate the generators are all sourced locally as well as accommodation and meals for our team,” Tony explained. “We also engaged the services of a locally based Event Safety Specialist to prepare and submit the necessary paperwork to enable the Fair to be approved by Mildura Rural City Council, DHHS and WorkSafe and to monitor COVID and safety compliance during the operating hours”, Tony said.
As a show of appreciation to the Mildura community the Family Fun Fair have contacted some local support agencies to make arrangements to open early on Wednesday of next week to enable groups of special needs and disadvantaged children to attend the event for a closed session. “This will allow supported and special needs children to attend without the need to wait in line to enter and be quieter for the kids with sensory concerns” Tony said.
“Open times may vary depending on the weather, so keep up to date via our Facebook Page”, Tony said, ‘but generally, the Family Fun Fair will operate every day of the school holidays from 4.00pm to 9.30pm weekdays and 1.00pm to 9.30pm on the weekend days”