Queenscliff Music Festival
Last Thursday night (23rd November) I had the pleasure of launching the 2017 Queenscliff Music Festival, which was a great success over the weekend. At the launch I was pleased to join, amongst others, festival chairman Geoff Mutton, festival director Andrew Orvis, councillors and community members.
This was the 21st festival, and as someone who has volunteered at the event in the past and having been to many of the festivals, I know personally that the festival has gone from strength to strength. Over that 21 years it has changed and grown to take account of changing music preferences. This is only the second time in its history where all the tickets were sold. This year we had 60 local, national and international acts entertaining large, enthusiastic crowds over the weekend on five different stages. The festival is one of the major events in the region, attracting people from right across Victoria, Australia and overseas. It is why the state government has been proud to be a regular sponsor each and every year of this event.
Of course events like this do not happen without the support of so many volunteers — nearly 400 of them — many of them from the local community of Queenscliff. This is very much owned and celebrated by the local community. I congratulate all the staff, the volunteers and the board on another successful festival.