Hilltops major events under threat from COVID-19

Young's National Cherry Festival in 2019. Photo: file
Young's National Cherry Festival in 2019. Photo: file

Hilltops Council this month will make a decision on whether its major events will be held.

Boorowa's Irish Woolfest, the Harden Kite Festival and Young's National Cherry Festival are scheduled to take place on separate weekends between October and December.

Last year, due to COVID-19, these events could not be held in their traditional format.

Now, as high case numbers continue in Sydney, they are under threat again.

Committees for the respective events are preparing reports outlining how each festival can go ahead.

In this week's councillor column, published on Hilltops Council's website, mayor Brian Ingram said the events were under review.

"We are currently reviewing the running of our major events, due to be held between October and December, in line with current COVID-19 restrictions," Hilltops mayor Brian Ingram said.

"In consultation with the relevant section 355 committees, a report will be going to Council this month to make a determination on the ability for these events to go ahead. We will do everything we can to allow these events to be held but must be mindful of current restrictions, public safety and reduced visitor numbers."

Hilltops Council in July this year announced it was successful in securing over $100,000 in grant funding from the NSW Government, via Destination NSW, to assist in the delivery of the major events.

The Irish Woolfest is set for October 3, Kite Festival October 9, and Cherry Festival from December 3-5.