Australia Day Start For Coonamble Carnival

THE Coonamble October long weekend carnival has been rescheduled with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in NSW showing no signs of abating.

Adam Dobbin

26 August 2021

THE famous Coonamble October long weekend carnival has been rescheduled with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in NSW showing no signs of abating.

After being cancelled last year due to Covid, there were high hopes that the four-day racing extravaganza would return with a bang in 2021.

But with the start of the carnival just a little over a month away the Coonamble Club has jumped on the front foot and elected to reschedule the event which will now launch on Australia Day in January, 2022.

“Last year we were forced to cancel the event but this year we are rescheduling it to the Australia Day week in January,” event organiser Kevin Gordon said.

“It means everything stays the same from a race programming and sponsorship point of view. All that changes is the dates to reflect the week(end) in January instead.”

The new dates will see the carnival commence on Australia Day (Wednesday) January 26 and conclude with a massive day of finals action on Sunday, January 30.

“The calcutta will be staged at Coonamble Bowling Club on the Saturday (January 29),” Gordon added.

“And the club understands what the weather will be like in the heart of summer so meeting start times will be fluid. But it’s fair to say the meetings will be either twilight or night programs.

“Welfare for the animals, participants and patrons will be at the forefront of all the decisions made.”

While not ideal, Gordon says the Club is looking at the forced change as an opportunity.

“It’s not what we wanted but with change comes opportunity,” Gordon said.

“And it will still pump money into the Coonamble community which is a huge part of what the carnival is all about.

“I also just want to say a big thanks to all the sponsors who have been so supportive about the change and maintained their support of the carnival.”

The carnival’s three major sponsors are Neds Australian Whisky, Tvati and Garrard’s Horse And Hound.