Expressions of Interest sought for Lakes Festival events

Central Coast Council is looking for exciting local events, programs and activities that shine the light on the region’s lakes and waterways.

The Lakes Festival is back in 2021 and the popular 10-day program will see locals and visitors come together to celebrate, discover and even re-discover those places on the Coast that make the region unique.

Council Unit Manager, Community and Culture, Glenn Cannard, said the Lakes Festival was an event made special by locals and built on creative ‘outside the box’ thinking.

“The Lakes Festival will look a little different this year given COVID-19 and the current environment, but it is exciting that we are able to move forward with a program that celebrates our region’s incredible waterways,” he said.

“We’re seeking Expressions of Interest from anyone with a unique perspective on our waterways including local businesses, companies, organisations and community groups.

“Activities can be anything from festivals to sporting events, art or outdoor installations to workshops, let your imagination run wild but stay true to the overarching theme of our waterways!”

Guidelines for Expressions of Interest include to facilitate a vibrant and innovative events culture and to encourage the development of tourism and increase economic development opportunities.

The aim is to also encourage the involvement of local residents in events and festivals for positive interaction, cultural activity and a strong community identity among the citizens of our diverse community.

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said it was exciting to see programs like The Lakes Festival continue to be held for the community, thanks to proper planning and budgeting.

“Council continues to take steps towards financial recovery, but while there is a calculated reduction in service levels, this doesn’t mean that the community misses out,” he said.

“We have a draft Operational Plan for the year that takes into account how much money we can spend, the essential works that we need to deliver and those programs that not only bring economic benefits to the region, but also bring many benefits to our community.

“The Lakes Festival is something celebrated right across the Coast and is made possible through the contributions of so many amazing local businesses, groups and organisations.”

Media release, May 26
Central Coast Council