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14 November, 2020

Kuranda gets set for Christmas celebration

With Christmas, only about five weeks away the newly formed Kuranda Traders Association (KTA) is getting into the Christmas spirit by having a Kuranda Twilight Trading night on December 10 with local stores and business planning on staying open until 9pm.

By Phil Brandel

The Kuranda Traders Association getting ready for Christmas.

Kuranda Christmas celebration

With Christmas only about five weeks away the newly formed Kuranda Traders Association (KTA) is getting into the Christmas spirit by having a Kuranda Twilight Trading night on December 10 with local stores and business planning on staying open until 9pm.

President of the KTA Dei Gould said the idea came from feedback that some people from Cairns, Mareeba and Atherton don’t get to shop in Kuranda as the shops close quite early.

“With COVID this year and the forming of the Kuranda Traders Association we feel like the dynamics have changed and we needed to do something to help promote the shops and businesses,” she said.

“The community needs something that serves a purpose and showcases some of the fantastic artists and handcrafted items we have in the village.  

“We are asking people to please consider where they buy their gifts this year and support our local businesses where you can,” she said

“Our village has an abundance of great gift ideas and lots of handcrafted items.”

Even though shops will remain open in the village, due to COVID restrictions some plans for the initiative had to be put on hold.

“Due to COVID restrictions, we decided not to go ahead with our planned road closure and entertainment schedule but rather have a scaled-down and relaxed evening Christmas shopping experience as per normal but until 9pm,” she said.

“Cafes (licensed and BYO) will be open all day and throughout the evening and the venues that would normally have live music during the weekend will be able to have them playing.”

Dei said that local buskers would be taking advantage of the fee-free busking licences that the Mareeba Shire Council (MSC) had announced earlier in the year.

“As well as musicians some of our local world-renowned artists will be displaying their works both at the Arts Co-op on Coondoo Street and at various pop-up shops around the village,” she said

“The SES has offered their services to provide hand sanitation stations and general assistance around the village along with their First Aid capabilities being available if required.”

For more information go to www.facebook.com/kurandatradersassociation



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