Council saddles up to support Pit Pony Festival

Whitsunday Regional Council has again thrown its support behind the Collinsville Pit Pony Festival.

Model of a pit pony and miners working - inside the Coalface Museum.

Model of a pit pony and miners working – inside the Coalface Museum.

At their meeting this week councillors approved funding of $2000 plus up to $3000 in in-kind sponsorship for the second Collinsville Pit Pony Festival over the May long weekend.

Division 4 Councillor Peter Ramage says the inaugural event was staged last year and proved an outstanding success.

“Council has a focus on assisting events around the region so sponsoring a community event in Collinsville, that also honours our iconic Pit Ponies, is a no-brainer.”

“With strong support from council, the Collinsville community raised $150,000 in only 60 days in 2015 to build the bronze Pit Pony statue and this event is further stamping our town as the Pit Pony capital of Australia.”

The famous pit ponies of Collinsville were Clydesdale horses that hauled coal up from the underground mines in the area until they were retired in 1990.

Cr Ramage says council was keen to partner with stakeholders and community to attract further exciting new events to the Collinsville area.

Pit Pony Festival organisers have expanded the event in 2018 with a parade, live entertainment, markets, bus poetry, amusement rides and fireworks to help showcase the great history of the pit ponies.