BRIGHT IDEAS: Rockhampton River Festival organiser Sarah Reeves is excited to see Quay Lane decorated with hundreds of lanterns as part of the four-day event.
BRIGHT IDEAS: Rockhampton River Festival organiser Sarah Reeves is excited to see Quay Lane decorated with hundreds of lanterns as part of the four-day event. Chris Ison Rokcfestival

Rockhampton riverbank gets a recycled revamp

THE Melbourne inspired styled Quay Lane will be brought to life for the Rockhampton River Festival next month through the innovative use of up-cycled materials.

Festival organiser and manager of regional promotions Sarah Reeves said that the use of these materials would add a colourful atmosphere, while also being environmentally friendly and cost effective.

"Necessity is the mother of invention, so by tightening the purse strings and looking for alternate ways to style the event, we have improvised some quirky solutions," she said.

"Our team and innovative businesses have come together to create some pretty awesome pieces.We have colourful Asian style food carts being custom made from compressed recycled cardboard, while still complying with food safety standards.

"The seating down the laneway utilises milk crates, with cushions specially made by volunteers using off-cut fabric and recycled plastic bags.The lanterns are all made from rice paper, an environmentally sustainable product made from rice straw.We have dug through some warehouses and found off cut carpets and other unused furniture items that will help set the scene.

"Even our arts display Portraits of a City uses environmentally friendly glue, while the Cardboard City provides functional furniture made from cartons. The Pallet Palace provides a chill out zone using recycled pallets and cushions designed by local artists."

Ms Reeves said the team is really happy with the result, thinking outside the square to find these creative solutions.   Quay Lane festivities will kick off on Saturday July, 11 at 2pm and will run until late at night, and then again on Sunday morning.

The laneway line-up includes some of the region's best musicians and is a must-do for music festival lovers.   The program can be downloaded from rockhamptonriverfestival.com.au.  



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