Mattara calls for helping hands: GALLERY

Mattara calls for helping hands: GALLERY

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COUNCIL and big business have been encouraged to support the Mattara Festival.

Event organiser Kim Hillery said during its 52nd year Mattara had returned to some of its former glory, but there was always room for improvement.

‘‘Some highlights, well, Lego world, baby animals world, motor mania, which was a day dedicated to the entire motor industry, not just cars and bikes but golf carts and anything with a motor, that was a great day,’’ Ms Hillery said.

‘‘But it’s the local businesses that have been amazing.

‘‘All these people provided things on a daily basis, and that’s what has made sure Mattara happened, but we need people to come on board.’’

Ms Hillery said she had been forced to pay $260 a tonne to remove rubbish after the Newcastle City Council had declined to provide rubbish bins for the event.

Ms Hillery has no false hopes in asking Council for major financial support, but says some simple help and resources for the event would be invaluable.

‘‘We need people to come on board, it’s the hand of friendship, that’s what Mattara means.’’