New South Wales’ largest free day long festival will be held in Corrimal on the South Coast after organisers rallied to organise the event at the last minute.
Spring Into Corrimal will be held on the second Sunday in September following fears the event would never happen again after it was hit with a hefty insurance bill.
A team headed by Corrimal Chamber Commerce chair Paul Boultwood have been organising the event that generally takes months to pull together in the last few weeks.
Boultwood said the street parade along 1.3 kilometres of the main street was being made possible with the help of Wollongong District Police Commander Superintendent Chris Craner and Corrimal RSL.
Others who have helped include Corrimal RSL chief executive Sara Watkins, Keira MP Ryan Park, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, Cr Jenelle Rimmer, and Amber Morrisey, of Bluejuice Events.
“We have just entered into another three year agreement with Corrimal RSL to be the major supporter of Spring Into Corrimal. This will be their sixth year. Without their help we wouldn’t be able to do it,” Boultwood told the Illawarra Mercury.
“The reason why we left organising the event a bit late this year is because we got hit with a $15,000 insurance bill. Which is hard for a small community group where we just break even and anything we do makes goes back into the community. We have managed to get the insurance down to $8500”.
Now looking for more volunteers, Boultwood said the parade had between 900 and 1000 participants.
“We are completely not-for-profit so any money we do make actually helps us to do community programs,” he said. “We are passionate. We do this for the community. We love doing that”.
The is one of the last remaining street parades in NSW and is expected to attract 70,000 people.