Jane Erkens … the laneway dinner will be held in Little Drayton Street outside The Shed

July 25, 2019

A quirky “eat in the street” dinner will be held in Nanango on August 31 to launch the town’s new Soundtrail app and – hopefully – mark the end of fundraising for the Butter Factory Park project.

The dinner is being organised by the Nanango Tourism and Development Association and Little Drayton Street will be closed to traffic for the evening.

Organisers will supply the tables, chairs and entertainment while diners need to bring along their own tablecloths, crockery, cutlery, food and drinks.

Cost is $5 a head with funds raised going towards the Butter Factory Park all-abilities playground project.

Spokesperson Jane Erkens said the community fundraising for the project had almost reached its $20,000 target.

Heritage Nanango Community Funding has promised to support the $80,000 playground by matching fundraising on a $3-for-$1 basis.

Several raffles will be drawn on the night with funds going towards the project, including a $5-per-ticket raffle to win a $2400 ride-on mower.

The evening will also provide an opportunity for the new Soundtrail app to be unveiled to the public.

This was developed through a community grant from Heritage Bank.

Tourists will be able to use the app to take a guided tour around Nanango’s historic CBD using nothing but their mobile phones or iPads.

They will wander in and out of sound fields linked to GPS co-ordinates, hearing stories about the buildings and places they are passing.

A sound recordist has visited Nanango on several occasions this year to record local residents’ stories for the app.

Little Drayton Street will be closed from about 5:00pm to allow the tables to be set up, and diners will start arriving at 6:00pm.

Bookings can be made at Nanango Real Estate on (07) 4163-1677 or by phoning 0400-631-677.

The laneway dinner near The Shed could be the first of many for Nanango.

“We are hoping to make it a bit of a regular thing if it is successful,” Jane said.

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