Volunteers called on for rail festival

THE Rhythm ‘n’ Rail Festival committee is on a recruitment drive and is looking for locals to help plan next year’s event.

With eyes set firmly on 2013, the committee will begin planning after this year’s festival was interrupted by rain.

Committee chairman Neil Smith said that in the past members had been proactive and willing to help, which meant no one person was left doing all the work.

Mr Smith said the committee was an opportunity to get hands-on involvement with event management and tourism.

“I think most people accept that we had really terrible weather (in 2012),” Mr Smith said.

He said each festival was a learning experience for the committee and for businesses and tourism operators.

Mr Smith said there were several positives which came from the 2012 event including indoor venues entertaining signifcant crowds, the eventual formation of Junee Motor Club after a display of vintage cars and motorbikes was arranged and volunteers who spent time on the buses and trains guiding visitors.

Next year will be the third time the event has been run and committee treasurer Bob Callow said several one-off costs from this year’s festival would not be a factor in the committee’s planning for 2013.

The signs and banners made for the festival have not been dated which means they will be reused, leaving the committee to focus on creating a premier event for 2013.

The meeting begins from 6pm at the Junee Ex-Services Club on Wednesday, August 9.

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