COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Heart of Gold participants Sheila Kath, Jackie Manson and Robyn Bowman decorate their tree during this year’s Winter Trees on Mary event.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Heart of Gold participants Sheila Kath, Jackie Manson and Robyn Bowman decorate their tree during this year’s Winter Trees on Mary event. Craig Warhurst

Calls for co-operation for Gympie, Warwick winter festivals

MARY St advocate Tony Goodman, accused of sparking a range war with Warwick over his Winter Trees on Mary shopping celebration last week, yesterday called for peace in our time.

He says there is plenty of opportunity for everyone to cheer up a bit in the depths of winter.

"It's not war. I spent the whole time telling people they should see what they do in Warwick."

And, he said, maybe the two competing winter celebrations should learn to help each other.

Mr Goodman said he would leave it to others in the tourism sector to negotiate with other local governments and their constituent business organisations.

But there would be nothing to stop a co-operative effort from producing a winter festival trail, to include everyone, especially the nomad sector.

Mr Goodman rose above the mild insults yesterday from Warwick's Jumpers and Jazz festival yarn bombing winner Jessica Thompson.

She said the Warwick festival, as iconic to them as the Muster is to us, was involved with jazz, "which is probably cooler than the country music they have at the Muster."

That, and her city's claim to have invented yarn bombing 12 years ago, gave Warwick "both the musical and artistic high ground," she said.

But she was looking for the middle ground yesterday too, suggesting a slight change of date would have prevented Gympie's Winter Trees on Mary event from clashing with Jumpers and Jazz.

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