Rainbow festival’s future undecided

Itʼs still uncertain whether the 2020 Rainbow Serpent Festival will go ahead this year after parts of the site were scorched by the Lexton fire.

Negotiations to hold the Rainbow Serpent Festival in an altered format later in the year remain ongoing following the Pyrenees Shire Council’s February meeting, while the future of the event is yet to be finalised.

The festival has been working overtime to still make the most of 2020 after the original event, set to be held from January 24-27, was cancelled after site infrastructure was damaged during the Lexton- Ben Major Fire.

A report was tabled at the Pyrenees Shire Council’s ordinary meeting on Tuesday to ensure the appropriate planning controls are available to approve an April event.

The planning controls that permit the annual running of the festival at Jack Smith’s Lane in Lexton over the Australia Day weekend expired on January 30 this year.

The future of the event is still undetermined as in a second item tabled to council on Tuesday, holding the festival at Jack Smith’s Lane beyond 2020 will require a new planning control or a rezone of the land.

For more on this story see Page 7 of The Advertiser, Friday, February 28.

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