The Festival of a Thousand Stories is once again with us and this year promises to be one of the best yet. This years highlights include he Blues Cruise on Sunday afternoon. A poets breaky, performances, story writing workshops and the Poets Trek. Bourke and Outback NSW has a long history of story telling and poetry being the one time home of Henry Lawson, Will Ogilvie, The Breaker amongst many others. A huge highlight this year will be the Bourke Arts Council presenting a number of activities at the Port O' Bourke Hotel from Monday to Friday from 7pm on the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of September! Check out the Festival website at www.festival1000stories.com.au All welcome at this years festival.
It may not quite be Summer time but our here we have already begun our Summer season. It is already 35 degrees and spring is being replaced by warmer winds. Tourism is important for this town and over the years many businesses have enjoyed growth through their ability to offer visitors a unique Outback experience. If you don't know what it is like to spend a day in the Outback during Summer or have not enjoyed the long twilight that Outback evenings offer then why not do it in 2015? We would love to see you out here and help extend our busy winter tourist season into our warmer months!
It never ceases to amaze me that there are always people willing to have a go at new business, grow existing business, look for opportunities and take risks. In Bourke recently despite the tough times of drought, low flow in the river and declining population we have had new businesses start up. The Oxford Hotel has a new lease of life and has been refurbished and opened as the Oxford Sports Bar, we have new lease holders at the Mitchell Caravan Park, a new tour has commenced known as Back O' Bourke Tours, a new gallery has opened in the main street, Little Birdy continues to expand its meal offerings, the Parnaby family has finished the refurbishment of the old Hall and Luke and Karen are back in town with the Outback Show. I understand that at least one motel is under new management and many of the main street businesses continue to improve the appearance of their own shops. I am sure there are many other changes.
Thanks everyone for having a go! Over 100,000 visitors are expected to come to Bourke this year and all of these changes will be very much appreciated by these visitors and locals alike. Image below shows the entrance to the Mitchell Caravan Park.
The Enngonia races were run recently with over 500 people attending the meeting. The club has been trying to run their event over the past 4 years and have been rained out each time. Am looking forward now to the Louth Races which are the single biggest event in the local sporting calendar. The races are on the 10th of August 2013 and a crowd of over 2,000 people are expected. www.louthraces.com