Kites kickstart Redcliffe Festival

MATTHEW HEPWORTH

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Redcliffe Kitefest 2017. Photo: Matthew Hepworth

Giant snakes, crocodiles, sharks and even dinosaurs filled the Brisbane skies last weekend as part of the annual Redcliffe Kitefest.

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A giant stingray flying high at the Redcliffe Kite Fest. Photo: Matthew Hepworth

In addition to the action in the sky, Pelican Park was filled with amusement rides, live music, a bar and children’s entertainers Paw Patrol and Trolls.

The day was also a great opportunity for Warner resident Mark Lord to introduce his son Jason to kite flying.

“Jason is just learning how to fly a kite and he’s getting quiet skilled at it,” Mr Lord said.

The festival also provided a boost for local Redcliffe businesses.

Barista from Espresso XO Josie, said the festival is one of the busiest days of the year.

“Business has been pumping this weekend. There’s so many families and parents, and parents always need coffee so we’ve been quiet busy,”  Josie said.

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Donald Street Clontarf became a makeshift car park. Photo: Matthew Hepworth

Parking proved problematic for some visitors and with no onsite parking, local Clontarf streets were transformed into makeshift car parks.

Track closures on the Redcliffe Peninsula train line also caused additional traffic congestion in the region.

In a statement Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad said she was disappointed with Translink’s decision to perform track works during the festival.

“This is unacceptable and I have asked TransLink to review their processes and how they engage and communicate clearly with communities around large events,” Ms Trad said.

The Kitefest is part of the greater Redcliffe Festival that runs from 26 August to 10 September.

The Redcliffe Festival continues next weekend with What’s Cooking in the Gardens including appearances from TV celebrity chef Huey and host of ABC’s Gardening Australia Costa Georgiadis.

Mayor of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Allan Sutherland is encouraging all residents to attend the festival celebrations.

“I have no doubt you’ll be swept up in what is one of South East Queensland’s biggest celebrations,” Mr Sutherland said.

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