HEAT IS ON: Chilli Queen Christine Monneron with Smurf from Coffs Coast Health Club, Anthony Jephcott from Telstra and Gary Gardiner from Sawtell Paradise Fruit.
HEAT IS ON: Chilli Queen Christine Monneron with Smurf from Coffs Coast Health Club, Anthony Jephcott from Telstra and Gary Gardiner from Sawtell Paradise Fruit.

Sawtell fired up for chilli festival

THE temperature is dropping just in time for Sawtell's annual heat wave to hit.

The Sawtell Chilli Festival is set to spice up the region on July 5, with hordes of locals and visitors expected to descend on First Avenue.

Festival co-ordinator Kathryn Greenway said if the weather was kind, the crowd could exceed last year's tally of 12,000 people.

"The Sawtell Chilli Festival has become an iconic event that has grown from strength to strength in terms of visitor numbers each year," she said.

"Revellers from the Coffs Coast and across the country are ensuring the Sawtell Chilli Festival is a date not to be missed."

The festival is put on by the Sawtell Chamber of Commerce with support from national partner Telstra and local sponsors.

Telstra is working closely with the committee to provide even more family fun, stalls and entertainment.

The telco will be educating locals on the disconnection of copper services in the region, which are being replaced by the NBN.

"We're going to be getting into the fun too, but also getting a really important message out there - that people in Sawtell will need to make the switch to the NBN before the existing copper network is shut off," local Telstra licensee Anthony Jephcott said.

He said the first areas scheduled to be shut down on February 7 would affect customers in parts of Sawtell and Toormina.



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