15 January, 2022
New proposal for Pop-up events
A PROPOSAL to conduct arts and food mini events around the towns in the region will be put to Tablelands Regional Council for support.
Organisers Sara Isherwood and Patti Flynn are developing the proposal and seeking letters of support before they present it to council this year.
The idea is to host family friendly monthly pop-up food events with diverse cultural food options as well as engaging and paying local artists to present pop up shows including performers, musicians and street theatre acts.
The pair propose to stage the events on a weekly or fortnightly basis in different locations such as the Tinaroo Day Use Park, Jack May Park in Malanda, Irvinebank School of Arts Park, Ravenshoe Park (near steam train), the Kairi Community Centre, Walkamin, Millaa Millaa, the Wondecla Sports oval and Herberton’s Main Street.
Ms Isherwood said the benefits of the popup events to the community would be wideranging.
“Distance can be isolating for many rural communities and these events will provide regular opportunities for social connections, thereby increasing mental health outcomes, emotional wellbeing and community resilience,” she said.
They would also deliver diversity and inclusivity for the smaller communities in the TRC area, high potential for further community capacity building collaborations particularly in the arts and cultural sector, and small business collaboration opportunities (mobile food outlets) which flowed onto other local businesses such as signage and advertising services providers.
“These events will make the TRC region more attractive and will encourage further community engagement associated with tourism, the arts and small business in the area,” Ms Isherwood said.
Sara and Patti are seeking community support to get the proposal over the line with TRC.
You can send letters of support to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com