Winter Fun Zone proves a hit

By Liz Mellino

Shepparton’s inaugural Winter Fun Zone proved to be a hit during the recent school holidays.

Greater Shepparton City Council, in partnership with Shepparton Show Me, Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Nando’s launched the Winter Fun Zone in Maude St Mall to bring a new experience to the central business district.

The Winter Fun Zone involved a pop-up ice rink and children’s activities, with an estimated 12000 people visiting the zone and more than 4000 tickets sold for the ice rink.

‘‘This was a great opportunity to show locals and visitors the many great things that go on through Greater Shepparton and it was amazing to see the CBD thriving from this experience,’’ Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said.

Acting Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry president John Anderson said businesses were leveraging from the school holiday crowds with an estimated 30 per cent of visitors from outside the region.

The Winter Fun Zone is expected to return for the 2020 June/July school holidays.

To improve on this year’s zone, community members are encouraged to have their say via a feedback survey at www.visitshepparton.