Bendigo’s White Night is set to go ahead, with the city’s events calendar fully booked for the end of the year unless told otherwise by the state government.
The City of Greater Bendigo’s major events and tourism team are planning for its major events including the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, the Bendigo Swap Meet and the Bendigo Show to go ahead from October.
“For White Night, we have had discussions with the state government about that and are proceeding with planning to deliver that on October 10,” tourism and major events manager Terry Karamaloudis told the Bendigo Advertiser.
“We’ve never before had more time to be contacting and negotiating with groups for Bendigo.
“In terms of event acquisition, that hasn’t slowed down, it’s gotten busier because we have more time to dedicate to it. We’ve uncovered new opportunities in sporting disciplines.
“So whoever gives us the go ahead to start again, we’re very confident we’re going to have a busy events sector.”
Karamaloudis said his unit were continuing to work with event owners and operators, with the biggest challenge fitting all the events in.
“There is a backlog developing, which is positive, but there might be an occasion where we can’t separate events.,” he said.
“We have Bendigo Stadium, the tennis centre, the QEO, we have multiple pools and the hockey facility nearing completion.
“I feel very confident with what the future can bring by way of events when the recovery starts.”