Gymnasts Skye Haddy and Shane Elisara help celebrate Riverlink Shopping Centre’s fifth birthday on Saturday.
Gymnasts Skye Haddy and Shane Elisara help celebrate Riverlink Shopping Centre’s fifth birthday on Saturday. Claudia Baxter

Happy birthday Riverlink

HUNDREDS of people gathered to celebrate five years of trade at Riverlink Shopping Centre at the weekend.

Packed with entertainment and giveaways, the event was not just designed for the kids, with Karana Downs mum Aimee Fulton enjoying the roving clown's one-liners "aimed at the adults".

Mrs Fulton and her husband James brought daughters Layla, four, and Poppy, 22 months, to enjoy the musical acts, magic clown show, teddy bear birthday stage show, stilt walkers, acrobats and balloon making.

"Layla's kindy had a flyer about it and she just loves animals so we'll be heading for the animal nursery next," Mrs Fulton said on Saturday.

"The whole event has actually been really good - and I love the one liners.

"There are jokes obviously aimed at the adults too - that's probably why we're still here."

Riverview's Bethany and Richard Eaton arrived at the centre early for breakfast, with the promise of "a party" for daughter Charlotte, three.

"I told her there was going to be a party and she was very excited," Mrs Eaton said.

"We've just come from the animal nursery and she had four baby goats trying to eat her skirt."

All five-year-olds in the crowd were invited to cut a cake with Mayor Paul Pisasale to celebrate the milestone.

The excitement was all too much for one little girl, who dove onto Cr Pisasale with a massive hug.

"It is fantastic to see the growth surrounding Riverlink and the Ipswich CBD," Cr Pisasale said.

"On Monday a new project starts to see 320 new car spaces built.

"We are turning the Ipswich CBD around to face the river, so we will have Riverlink and a new CBD with the river in the middle."

Visitors were also treated to meeting the Ipswich Jets, and a live River 94.9 broadcast.



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