Why the Spring Into Corrimal festival is able to return on September 8 with giant street parade

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Corrimal will again host the largest free day long festival in NSW with giant street parade on the second Sunday in September. Fears that Spring Into Corrimal may never happen again were only waylaid in June. And in recent weeks a team of volunteers headed by Corrimal Chamber Commerce chair Paul Boultwood have been busily organising an event that generally takes months to pull together. As Mr Boultwood seeks more volunteers he said Spring Into Corrimal and its grande parade along 1.3 kilometres of the main street was being made possible with the help of Wollongong District Police Commander Superintendent Chris Craner and Corrimal RSL. Now it is full steam ahead preparing for September 8. “The parade will be on the street again and that is because of the help from Supt Chris Craner and Wollongong Police,” Mr Boultwood said. Others who have helped include Corrimal RSL chief executive Sara Watkins, Keira MP Ryan Park, Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, Cr Jenelle Rimmer, and Amber Morrisey, of Bluejuice Events. “We have just entered into another three year agreement with Corrimal RSL to be the major supporter of Spring Into Corrimal. This will be their sixth year. Without their help we wouldn’t be able to do it,” Mr Boultwood said. “The reason why we left organising the event a bit late this year is because we got hit with a $15,000 insurance bill. Which is hard for a small community group where we just break even and anything we do makes goes back into the community. We have managed to get the insurance down to $8500”. Mr Boultwood said once that was sorted they were able to open up registrations for stallholders in June, three months later than usual. “And we had 183 people apply for stalls in the first week”. That has made him confident another 70,000 people will turn out on September 8 for an event that not only showcases the suburb but the whole city to more than 30,000 people from outside the local government area. “It is a gateway for Wollongong. 80 per cent of our stallholders come from Wollongong. But because we have 282 stalls we do have other people who come here and stay”. Mr Boultwood said the number of visitors keeps growing. “But if it wasn’t for Corrimal RSL and the money it puts in we wouldn’t even be talking about Spring Into Corrimal this year”. Ms Watkins said she had never seen anything like Spring Into Corrimal before when she moved to Wollongong last year. “This is the largest festival outside Sydney. It is in Corrimal and our club is part of the community and we want to support community events,” she said. “It was absolutely phenomenal last year and is such a credit to people like Paul, the community and the volunteers. It certainly puts Corrimal on the map. “Last year we were able to create a stall out on the street and we called it “The club at the end of the street”. It was the first time we had ever done that. We had a pop-up bar, food out there and entertainment. “There are some fabulous children’s areas. We tried to create an adults area where they could enjoy themselves. We are definitely going to do that again”. Mr Boultwood said the parade not only had between 900 and 1000 participants and 20,000 people looking it was one of the last surviving street parades in NSW. “We are completely not-for-profit so any money we do make actually helps us to do community programs. We are passionate. We do this for the community. We love doing that”. Read more:

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