PLAY: Seth Sharp and Zach Lines in the fun zone. Picture: LIZ FLEMING
FESTIVALgoers have expressed disappointment over changes torides at this year’s Easter celebrations.
The City of Greater Bendigo were forced to make alternate arrangements followingtheVictorian Showmen’s Guild’s decision to abandon the festival over a $4000 rent increase on the Tom Flood Centre.
Instead, the city partnered with local business The Zone Entertainment Complex to create a new youth zone, situated in the car park near Dai Gum San.
The Bendigo Advertiser spoke to several people on Saturday who said they were disappointed.
Kylie Sharpsaid the replacement fun zone did not cater for older children.
“It’s a real shame. There are not that many rides my child can go on because he gets bored,” she said.
“There’s lots for younger kids but the older kids like the bigger rides. It’s really disappointing we couldn’t go to the Tom Flood Centre this year – it’s a real shame.”
Carolyne Scott agreed and saidteenagechildren had missed out.
“The kids look forward to the rides every year. It’s disappointing,” she said.
Ms Scott took Joel, 6, and Sophia, 12, along to the fun zone. She said while Joel was happy, Sophia would most likely get bored after a while.
Twelve-year-old Amelia Boyle also expressed her disappointment, saying there was more for her age at the Tom Flood Centre.
However, Todd and Breanna Stephens said the zone was perfect for their two-year-old son Joseph.
“We think it’s a good replacement. It’s good for kids who arehis age,” Ms Stephens said.
Phoebe Moore, from Melbourne, agreed.
She said her family loved the fun zone so much on Friday, they returned the next day.
“It’s great for the little kids. They really like it,” she said.
Bendigo Easter Festival Advisory Board Chair Cr Rod Fyffe saidit was greatto partner with a local business and provide “well presented, clean and affordable entertainment” for the Bendigo Easter Festival.
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