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Council finds new way to celebrate Lakes Festival 2021

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 6 Oct 2021
The Central Coast Lakes Festival is one of the Coast’s highly anticipated annual events and this year Central Coast Council has created a new format for the event to ensure it can proceed in line with any NSW Government Public Health Orders.

The 2021 program includes:

  • Animated mascot Pippa the Pelican appearing in educational videos and on social media to share key messages around our waterways.
  • A Get Active Scavenger Hunt where people can complete challenges and activities along four shared pathways using a mobile app (Tuggerawong, Chittaway to The Entrance, Gosford to Woy Woy and Kincumber to Davistown) – with a Stand-Up Paddle Board prize for the winner with the highest points.
  • A series of kids’ craft and science activities.
  • Eat Fest, different local food trucks popping up in a new waterway location each day during the Festival for people to grab some takeaway or picnic within restrictions at the time.

Council will also spotlight its iBook’s, eBooks, virtual tours and videos from loveourwaterways.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au and will look to work with relevant local organisations to hold Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga, Kayaking or surfing lessons and other activations if restrictions allow.

Council Director Community and Recreation Services, Julie Vaughan said Council had to cancel last year’s event due to COVID restrictions and an online format with a real-world scavenger hunt will ensure the event will go ahead and people can celebrate our waterways in a COVID-safe way.


“Waterways are a huge part of the Central Coast community’s lifestyle. They underpin our identity, support our local economy, provide recreational and social opportunities for locals and visitors, and support our mental and physical wellbeing,” Ms Vaughan said.


“The Lakes Festival has had year on year growth, more than doubling in size from 2015 to attract 65,000 attendees to 10 event hubs right across the Coast and we are excited to think of new ways for people to experience our waterways.”


Council Administrator, Rik Hart said the Central Coast community has proven to be resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


“The Central Coast community has been consistently disrupted by Public Health Orders and NSW Government restrictions. The current NSW Government restrictions have also significantly impacted the ability to deliver events.


“The Lakes Festival is something that many people and local businesses look forward to and while we are unable to deliver the event in the same format as previous years, we hope that this new program will lift people’s spirits and connect us in celebration.”


Lakes Festival 2021 will run from 5-14 November. Save the date and Council will issue further details closer to the date here

 
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