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Posted on: 2 August, 2019

The importance of community driven events as economic drivers for our region

This weekend marks the start of the CQUniversity Village Festival, which this year is running across two weekends until Sunday 11th August.

This annual event, now in its 17th year, transforms the Capricorn Coast into a vibrant hub of music, arts and culture.

Over the years has the Village Festival has evolved to become a showcase for regional entertainers and the arts as well as a major drawcard for thousands of visitors and residents.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the event also brings into sharp focus the important role that community based and driven events are collectively playing as significant economic drivers for our region’s local businesses and tourism operators.

“In recent months, the Shire has played host to an impressive mix of popular community organised and Council sponsored events,” Mayor Ludwig said.

“These events have included Tropical Bloom Festival, Classics by the Coast Car Show, Beef to Beach in Bell Park, Freeze MND Fundraiser by The Yeppoon Swans AFL Club, Keppel Coast Arts Creek Sessions, NAIDOC Week and the award-winning Indigenous dance troupe Djuki Mala who performed to a sold out crowd at Yeppoon Town Hall, Yeppoon Triathlon Festival, as well as major sporting events including the Cap Coast ‘Full Throttle!’ Human Powered Vehicle Event, Capricorn Coast Junior Cup Netball Carnival, the recent Capricorn Coast Outrigger Canoe Club Regatta, and this weekend’s Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race.

“Looking forward, the region will see community and sporting events held almost every weekend for the rest of 2019 including Council’s annual Seniors Week programme (14-29 August), Keppel Coast Arts Legend and the Locals featuring Troy Cassar-Daley (23 August), St Brendan’s Rodeo (31 August), Keppel Bay Sailing Club Regatta (31 August – 1 September), Emu Park Fishing Classic (6-8 September), Beach Day Out (20 September), KBSC Queensland Youth Competition and Championships (22 – 29 September), Yeppoon Lions Tropical Pinefest (11- 13 October), World Singing Day (19 October), Keppel Coast Arts Creek Sessions (20 October) and Emu Park Lions Club Oktoberfest (2 November).

“Council and its partner organisations also plan to showcase sustainability initiatives and projects occurring throughout the Shire at the inaugural Sustainable Livingstone Expo on 29 September 2019 at Beaman Park in Yeppoon.

“While this is just a snapshot of the region’s events and activities, it highlights how important events like these are in bringing the community together to celebrate our people, our culture and diversity while generating an economic boost by also bringing visitors to the region.

“Local Government areas the size of Livingstone may not always have the financial resources that larger regional centres have, however we often ‘hit well above our weight’ by harnessing people power from the wide variety of community groups, sporting clubs and organisations that have become the driving force behind some of our region’s biggest annual events.

“On behalf of Council and the wider community, I would like to commend and thank those involved in staging and organising these events. From the clubs, groups and organisations to the individual volunteers, and the generous sponsors who provide support to help make the events happen, you are all real community champions!”

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