Jacarandas are blooming pretty
THERE'S a purple haze all around Ipswich as Goodna is primed for a blooming good time at its famous Jacaranda Festival.
The 2011 Jacaranda Festival will be held at Evan Marginson Park, Goodna, from October 28 to 30.
When water rampaged across the park in January, many feared the old jacaranda trees - and the festival - would be lost.
At the end of August, the trees were stripped of their new foliage, further raising concerns it would be a flowerless festival.
But while the newer trees were destroyed in the floods, the trees planted by Great Depression work gangs survived and are now thriving in all their purple glory.
The trees in the park opposite the RSL on Woogaroo St died in the floods because they were only about 15 years old so they had to be replaced.The flowering of the jacarandas will be a welcome sight for the flood-hit folk of Goodna, with many still getting back on their feet.
This year's Jacaranda Festival will feature the Goodna RSL Services Club Car Show with more than $7000 of cash and prizes.