WHEN PIGS FLY IN GILGANDRA REGION!
Published on 15 December 2020
Gilgandra Region is set to sparkle with Endless Possibilities this Christmas!
With the Gilgandra Region Twilight Markets to be held on Thursday, 17 December in Miller Street. The markets will boast a range of stall holders, pop-ups and late night shopping, as well as a visit from Santa, kids activities and the launch of Gilgandra’s new art displays and laneways project!
Hosted by the Gilgandra CWA Evening Branch, it is set to be a great family evening out. You will also see on display crochet creations from Gilgandra CWA as well as have the opportunity, thanks to Gilgandra Shire Library to listen to ‘Bouncing Bouncing Little Joey’s: A Bush Christmas’ with the One Picture Book Gilgandra project @ the GIL!
Acting Mayor, Ash Walker says that the markets and unveiling of the new laneways and art installations is an initiative that comes at an ideal time following an unusual year.
“Overall, it has been a challenging year for the community and businesses alike and as the festive season approaches, it’s a great time to bring some colour, vibrancy and activity to the CBD.”
Council’s laneways activation project, Meet Me @ Miller Street, with the key theme of ‘Endless Possibilities’, has been funded through the NSW Government's Streets as Shared Spaces program and trials the transformation of laneways and the riverside carpark, sparking ideas for new use of these spaces. The parking space behind the Miller Street shops along the river converts to a Shared Zone, an inviting and pedestrian friendly space.
Council’s Marketing & Communications Manager, Kathryn Larkin says,
“We are working together to transform this into an inviting and pedestrian friendly space with some excitement to discover. Be sure to look high and look low, you’ll be surprised what you may find when pigs fly!”
“The idea of when pigs fly is an expression of the resilience and strength of our community. It represents the endless possibilities available and the promise for future positive opportunities when we allow ourselves to think BIG.”
Artist, Brian Campbell says,
"Creating a flying pig was certainly a unique request but has been great fun to make. It's definitely not something you see every day and we took great delight in seeing the reactions from people and especially some young kids as we delivered her to town!”
While artist Alison Dent, who created the clouds featuring along the wall of the GIL Collective and Visitor Information Centre adds,
"I think the whole concept is fabulous and was very excited to be part of it! I have created art pieces for many different themes and even went searching online out of interest for anything similar to the scene that is being created. I did not come across anything like it! Love the originality, and it's simply a lot of fun, it will certainly be a spot of interest for Gilgandra!"
With a number of transformational projects in the near future for Gilgandra Region, including the new Library & Community Hub in Miller Street, the Coo-ee Heritage Centre and businesses’ own initiatives through their share in $50,000 under the BIG Ideas program, the ‘Endless Possibilities’ theme allows the community to think BIG.
“It really is a unique time for the community, businesses and our Region. As we emerge from all the challenges of 2020, many that were unexpected, it’s a great time to come together and enjoy our region” says Cr Walker.
All are invited to come and Share the Love This Christmas. Whilst you are there, check out our new seating and community space behind 3D’s Butchery. You can access this via the laneway between 3D’s and Victory Lap Sports.
If you would like to hold a stall or pop-up shop as part of the event, please contact the Gilgandra CWA Evening Branch’s Hilda Newstead 6847 1270 or Jane Coxsedge 0408 466 124.
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Marketing and Communications Manager