Blacktown community festivals saved

Several community festivals set to be axed were given a lifeline at Wednesday night’s Blacktown Council meeting.

This year’s Doonside Festival has been saved after the council was presented with more than 1200 signatures collected by local businesses.

Independent Russ Dickens came to the party of the Willmot and Bidwill festivals which were recommended to be axed.

He proposed these communities be given a two month deadline to set up local committees to save these festivals.

Willmot community members have indicated they will do whatever possible to save their festival, despite losing financial support from Housing NSW.

The Mount Druitt Festival will continue separate to the Christmas light up concert.

But other dates will be looked at to rule out the first Saturday of September, which clashes with the long running and popular St Marys Spring Festival.

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