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Corrimal’s festival springs into action

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THE Spring into Corrimal Family Festival will be held tomorrow, which organisers bill as the largest one day free family festival within the Illawarra and regional NSW, attracting crowds in excess of 60,000.

The streets are closed to traffic and Corrimal turns into a centre of bustling fun. Presented by the Corrimal Chamber of Commerce and Corrimal RSL, Spring into Corrimal has always had a strong connection to the local area.

The festival operates on a not-for-profit basis and is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers. Spring into Corrimal includes over 250 market stalls, entertainment, live music and a grand parade within the central hub of Corrimal and surrounding streets and parks. There is a designated area featuring storytelling and entertainment especially for small children and young people. There will be two stages featuring a variety of performances from local bands and community organisations.

There will be amusement rides, face painting, show bags and raffles. Visitors will be met by stilt walkers, characters and talented local buskers. Local restaurants and cafes will set up outside with a taste-tempting array of treats. Food stalls and vans also offer tastes from around the world in Memorial Park.

The Wollongong City Council’s Giant Car Boot Sale will be held as part of Spring into Corrimal, featuring more than 50 cars with their boots chock full of preloved treasures.

Council’s Environment and Conservation Services Manager Vanni De Luca said said the Giant Car Boot sale is an opportunity to uncover a gem, find a beautiful pre-loved item or score a bargain.

“The Giant Car Boot sale is a fun community event where you can pick up a bargain and enjoy a coffee from the RSL. Past events have seen musical instruments, tools, books, baby goods, clothing and bicycles,” he said.

“Recent Car Boots Sales have diverted over 8,458 litres from landfill, which is roughly 35 large wheelie bins. Come along for a great morning and do your bit to reduce waste by buying something preloved.”

The boot sale will be held at the Corrimal RSL Club car park from 8am to 12pm.

The Princes Highway and surrounding streets (Short St to Collins St) will be closed from 6am to 6pm tomorrow during the festival.

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About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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