Guest speaker Geoff Robinson on the old railway station platform on Saturday night ... the platform hosted jazz and swing band Greg Bird on the first night of the festival

October 9, 2016

The new Colours of Yarraman Festival has been declared a success by organisers with a good roll-up at all the events during the week-long carnival.

Yarraman Progress Association president Joe Stimpson said he was happy to announce that Colours Of Yarraman would now be an annual event.

“We have had wonderful support from the community,” he said.

This year’s festival was launched on Saturday, October 1, with a jazz night in Station Park.

Live music was played while guests enjoyed a bring-a-plate long table dinner and licensed bar.

The week continued with a special Mixed Triples event at the Bowls Club on Tuesday, and a Movie Under The Stars, hosted by Yarraman Kindy in Errol Munt Park on Wednesday.

On Thursday, more than 100 seniors gathered at the Yarraman Memorial Hall for a free morning tea and entertainment.

On Saturday morning, the award-winning Friends of Yarraman Creek offered guided tours of Yarraman Creek then on Saturday evening, the winners of the Colours of Yarraman gardening competition (see below) were announced during a Garden Party at Heritage House.

There was a guest speaker, displays of the Mini Garden competition entrants, music, free finger food and a bar.

As an added attraction for visitors, the Toowoomba Regional Council also had a concept plan for the beautification of Toomey Street on display.

Guest speaker Geoff Robinson, from Caboolture, spoke about different native trees and native foods ... including this Bunya Pine
Yarraman Progress Association president Joe Stimpson with Cr Anne Glasheen
Garden judge Robert Campbell with TRC community liaison officer Bronwyn Holland
Friends of Yarraman Creek had a display highlighting their recent Waterway Stewardship Award
Two of the entries in the Mini Garden competition
A large crowd gathered at Heritage House, relaxing under the marquees as well as wandering around the gardens

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Garden Competition Results

Champion Garden – Heather and Neville McNalty

Reserve Champion – Glenda Postle

Town Gardens
1. Judy Lax
2. Marjory Clarke

Country Gardens
1. Heather and Neville McNalty (Cooyar)
2. Glenda Postle (Upper Yarraman)

Native Gardens
1. Scott and Sue Reilly
2. Jan and Dave Wooler

Community Organisations
1. Yarraman Kindy
2. Friends of Yarraman Creek

1. Coral Verden Massage
2. Stimpson Plumping

Mini-Garden (Junior)
Alex Fitzsimmons

Mini-Garden (Adult)
Glenda Postle (Upper Yarraman)

Best Bouquet
Heather McNalty (Cooyar)

Best Veges
Yarraman Kindy

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Judge’s Comments: 

Judge Robert Campbell joked that there appeared to have been an outbreak of meerkats in Yarraman, with the cute African animals appearing in a lot of local gardens!

He said that when judging he looked for design, ie “how the garden flowed”; as well as plant selection – for the right position, colour; how focal areas were treated; maintenance – what resources were used, what mulch; what parts of the garden were pruned, and what parts were left natural.

In the native garden section, at least 70 per cent of the garden plants had to be natives.

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