Sharing the love

There will be live entertainment at this year's festival (supplied).

Residents from Goonawarra, Rolling Meadows and surrounding areas will come together on February 10, bringing Valentine’s Day spirit for the annual Share the Love Festival.

The free event is run by Goonawarra Neighbourhood House and will be held from 10am to 3pm at Tulsa Drive Reserve, Sunbury.

Neighbourhood house manager Isabella Rosinsky said the event ran for three years prior to COVID in a bid to bring the new estates together to increase community connection.

“It also coincided with Valentine’s Day, hence the name ‘Share the Love Festival’,” she said.

“After COVID lockdowns we decided to reinstate the festival to bring the community back together again.

“We also want to reach out and include residents of the new surrounding estates, [such as] Everley, Redstone, Kingsfield and Lancefield, to make them feel welcome and included.”

Ms Rosinsky said last year the festival had about 300 visitors and this year organisers hope to attract more local residents.

“There’s something for everyone- live entertainment, market stalls, food trucks, pony rides, face painting, animals, and children’s activities.

“We’ve been fortunate to receive two grants from the Sunbury and Bulla Neighbourhood Fund to cover the running of the festival, both last year and again this year.”


Zoe Moffatt