Meander Valley mayor urges Agfest patrons to be patient

PACKED: More than 60,000 patrons are expected to attend the 2018 Agfest at Quercus Park. The event starts on Thursday. Picture: Scott Gelston
PACKED: More than 60,000 patrons are expected to attend the 2018 Agfest at Quercus Park. The event starts on Thursday. Picture: Scott Gelston

The benefits of having Tasmania’s premier agricultural event is worth the patience required for the duration of Agfest, the Meander Valley mayor said. 

A number of traffic diversions will be put in place within the Meander Valley to allow the event’s 60,000 patrons to arrive safely. 

“Particularly the residents around Carrick, Bracknell and Oaks Road and the like obviously have to deal with different traffic arrangements and no doubt change their behaviours,” Cr Perkins said.

“It seems they’re very patient. They accept that it is what it is because they realise the strengths that AGFEST brings to Tasmania.”

Cr Perkins said the event was important to showcase the area. 

“It’s in the Meander Valley and it’s mentioned with a great profile of publicity for us. People hear and see that and it makes a great difference,” he said. 

“It’s a rural agricultural event that talks about the importance of agricultural and the Meander Valley is largely built on rural economy.

“There is so much consistency between what Agfest is and what happens in the Meander Valley.”

While Cr Perkins acknowledges the event has a wider impact than just the region, he said the council’s staff still work closely with event organisers. 

“During the open days our staff are there, our environment officers are out there checking and working with all the businesses that are there to make sure they’re compliant,” he said.

“So it’s really important that our staff have a really good working relationship with the organisers to make sure it works officially as possible.”

This year, the council has taken on a bigger site. 

“We have a stand alone marquee this year. We’re showcasing many businesses and other displays that show things that are special in the Meander Valley,” he said.

Cr Perkins is also urging motorists to be safe on the roads. 

“There will be a lot more traffic, so take your time and be patient,” he said.

Last minute preparations will be taking place until the event officially starts on Thursday.

For information about the event, visit agfest.com.au.