Oceanfest set to begin

Rotarians Blair Felsch, Richard Williams, Martin Oates, Deneita Fewquandie, Glenn Hoffman and Leonie Brand are ready for the community enjoy Oceanfest. Picture: SOLANA PHOTOGRAPHY

By Angela Norval

After months of planning and anticipation, the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise is ready to share a festival of seafood and fun with Oceanfest at the Bundaberg Marina Precinct.

Held from 10am to 5pm on 28 August, it will be a case of what to enjoy first with live entertainment provided by Knee Deep, Abby Skye and The Batman, Spargo Brothers and Galapogas Duck on the main stage.

There is also plenty to see around the marina including the artistic and educational Reef Room, arts, culture and performances, market stalls, amusement rides and events for children including face painting.

Organisers have been particularly pleased with the response to this year’s Marina Marquee Luncheon which sold out in a matter of days, with guests keen to enjoy some fresh seafood, nibbles and savoury platters and a spot of bubbly with waitstaff students from Bundaberg TAFE.

Port of Bundaberg manager Jason Pascoe said OceanFest was a terrific opportunity for the community, celebrating everything great about the Bundaberg region.

“GPC has developed a key relationship with this event that showcases the foreshore precinct and businesses in and around the Port of Bundaberg,” Mr Pascoe said.

“We’re proud supporters and sponsors of the event which is located within arm’s reach of GPC’s Port of Bundaberg.

“The festival utilises our picturesque Port Marina precinct with stunning views of the Burnett River.

“It’s also an important event because it has a strong environmental focus and there’s exciting environmental initiatives undertaken at the Port of Bundaberg including our recent partnership with Australia’s top science body the CSIRO to monitor water and wind.

“At GPC economic, environmental and social sustainability underpin everything we do and we’re focused on creating success for our communities, Queensland and Australia and we’re excited to see our precinct come alive.”

Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise member and Oceanfest co-ordinator Glenn Hoffmann said the club was ready for a great day and hoping to raise more money than ever before for valuable organisations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities South East Queensland.

“Whether it is the variety of delicious food or great local entertainment, we have worked hard to make it a great family fun day out and that there is something for everyone,” he said.

“We have also been incredibly focused on our Covid safety plan for the day with clear and multiple check-in areas on arrival at both entrances, sanitiser stations and clear hygiene displayed by all the volunteers.”

Mr Hoffmann said organisers had been so grateful for continued support from sponsors to help make the event possible.

“This has been seen through Ergon Energy who as a major local service provider is committed to being part of the Bundaberg community and supporting the economic and social value that Oceanfest delivers,” he said.

“The sense of community spirit can also be seen through sponsor Bundaberg Sugar who is a significant employer in the Bundaberg region and recognises its responsibility to the community.

“As a major contributor to the region the company maintains a strong relationship within our community and support local events to benefit and enhance the wellbeing and lifestyle of residents.

“Over the years, the company has actively contributed to a wide range of local events, charities and support groups, and Bundaberg Sugar looks forward to being able to continue this into the future.”