The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers for 2020 has been a COVID Safe success with thousands of people from all over the Southern Queensland region experiencing petal-filled days in the gardens of the West.

The Chair of the Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Services Committee Mr James O’Shea congratulated Queensland visitors for working and following their COVID safe plans and procedures. “Bravo to all residents and visitors, the weekend was absolutely brilliant. The city was humming, the sun was out, businesses were open and busy, and there was a joyous and kind atmosphere.

“The Botanic Gardens and Queens Park welcomed more than 30,000 people over the weekend! Laurel Bank Park saw 10,000 visitors enjoy the ‘Family Time’ themed floral displays too. We want to say an enormous thank you to everyone for supporting our local businesses, businesses that in this time of COVID-19 would ordinarily be closed on a weekend,” Mr O’Shea said.

Mr O’Shea thanked Queensland Health for their support in assisting that the COVID-19 measures were in place for the 2-week carnival. The chairman continued to state that their event was the first major outdoor, free and unfenced tourism event in Australia since the outbreak of the virus. He continued to say it was a big challenge, but it was great to see many visitors being responsive to their safety measures to keep the event COVID free. With hand sanitizers, security guards, queue fencing and signs, Mr O’Shea said all visitors at the gardens were very responsive.

This year the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers features over 170,000 blooms across Toowoomba’s parks and public spaces as well as the new region-wide food trail, the dog-friendly Petals and Pups program, chalk art, Rowes light show and a floral parade in Grand Central Shopping Centre.

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