Ipswich set for influx of the "undead"

IPSWICH will be awash with 15,000 zombies in October next year if Mayor Paul Pisasale has his way.

Cr Pisasale has nominated Ipswich as the alternative venue for the annual Brisbane Zombie Walk that raises funds for the Brain Foundation.

Next year's event was planned for the RNA Showgrounds but Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said it would not go ahead due to a redevelopment of the area, although Zombie Walk organisers say the real reason is because of Brisbane hosting the G20.

But the zombies may well have a new home with Cr Pisasale telling the QT they will be more than welcome in the city.

"Bring on the zombies and we'll walk with them and have some fun," he said.

"It is for the Brain Foundation and we will be very happy to have it and get behind it.

"I'll be dressing up as a zombie myself because it is going to a great cause. It will be like a big Halloween welcome.

"It will be great for the economy because 15,000 of them will walk straight through the CBD.

"It is about time we opened our arms to all the Brisbane zombies so we can share the love."

The Brisbane Zombie Walk was first held in 2006.

Last year it morphed into a full music festival as well and raised $55,000 for the Brain Foundation with the Zombie Walk being the biggest and most successful of its kind in the world. This year the walk will be held at RNA Showgrounds on Sunday, October 6, with a theme of "Carnival of the Dead". The Zombie Walk website says it will "celebrate the freaks, the ghoulish and the bizarre".

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