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Iconic Jacaranda Festival set for an important boost

Grafton’s iconic Jacaranda Festival is Australia’s longest running floral festival. It is such an important part of our community.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan recently announced new funding to give next year’s festival an important kick-start.

“$195,000 has been allocated to install lighting on our famous jaca trees,” Mr Hogan said.

“The lighting of the trees will extend the festival operating time into the evening and will become a permanent installation for Grafton.” 

“This funding will also be used to hold series of evening events as part of the Jacaranda Festival to celebrate the jacaranda tree illumination.”

“It is all about attracting more visitors to our community. This means more customers for our local businesses.”

Clarence Valley Council Mayor Jim Simmons said this funding is great news for the community.

“This new lighting will be an exciting development for the community,” Cr Simmons said.

“I’d like to recognise Kevin Hogan’s efforts in listening to our concerns and making representations for us to ensure we received this funding.”

“The funding of these projects will give communities a much-needed boost, particularly in terms of their resilience after being subject to bushfires, drought, flood and COVID-19.”