Lake Macquarie City Council is calling on boat owners to light up the lake for a chance to win more than $5000 in cash prizes at the inaugural Float Your Boat event on 16 and 17 June.
Marmong Point Marina Managing Director, Les Binkin, said Float Your Boat will be a first for Lake Macquarie City and will feature two flotilla parades; one on the eastern side and one on the western side of the Lake.
“The parade will follow a course from Marmong Point Marina to Warners Bay, Eleebana, Valentine and finishing at Belmont on the first night and from Marmong Point Marina to Toronto, Coal Point, Fishing Point and finishing at Wangi Wangi the following evening,” Mr Binkin said.
“Boating is one of the most popular pastimes in Lake Macquarie, which is why we have worked with Lake Macquarie City Council to create this unique opportunity for boaties to be involved.
“We want to see you decorate your boat, like you do to your house at Christmas, and light up the Lake.”
Council’s Manager Cultural Services, Jacqui Hemsley, said Float Your Boat encourages the community to look at the Lake in a different way.
“We have this amazing beautiful lake in the middle of our City that we want to embrace,” Ms Hemsley said.
“We want to see boaties have a bit of fun and get creative with their boats for the chance to win prizes, including a People’s Choice Award, which will be voted for by the Lake Macquarie community on social media.
“The weekend will also be a great opportunity for those who live near the Lake to organise a balcony barbecue with friends, take photos of the parade as it idles past and then vote for your favourite illuminated boat.
“If this year’s event is successful, we are hoping to turn this into an annual event that will attract people from across the globe to our City to witness a beautiful parade of lights on our lake and experience future foreshore activities and events.”
If you would like to be a part of the parade, download and complete the expression of interest form at lakemac.com.au by Wednesday 7 June 2017.
Boats must be more than five metres in size and be available for the parade on both nights.
Prize winners will be announced on Friday 23 June 2017.
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