Magic for Monto tourism

Group thrilled with event grant

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ge­orge Smith ge­orge.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

A STATE govern­ment grant has en­sured the show would go on in Monto, and sooner than ex­pected.

Monto Magic Tourism Ac­tion Group is the ben­e­fi­ciary of a $10,000 grant that will help stage the choir pro­duc­tion Voices at Ca­nia in Au­gust.

The pro­duc­tion was can­celled ear­lier this year due to flood­ing.

The first flood­ing on Aus­tralia Day forced a change of date from May 5 but the sec­ond floods forced a post­pone­ment un­til 2014.

Group sec­re­tary Liz Robert­son said the event’s suc­cess in gain­ing fund­ing un­der the state govern­ment’s Events Flood As­sis­tance Pro­gram brought the date for­ward to Au­gust 25.

“This grant has en­abled us to now hold our event later this year in­stead of next,” Ms Robert­son said.

She said af­ter the sec­ond wave of flood­ing the group de­cided the com­mu­nity was too bat­tered to do any­thing other than re­cover so they post­poned.

“Hold­ing an event like Voices at Ca­nia is all about bring­ing cul­tural tourism with a dif­fer­ence to Monto.

“We can pro­mote the town by at­tract­ing vis­i­tors who would not nor­mally come to Monto.

“This is about get­ting the town to host an event and wel­come the vis­i­tors with our fa­mous Monto hos­pi­tal­ity,” she said.

“If th­ese peo­ple re­turn then we all ben­e­fit from in­creased spend­ing.”

Monto Magic is ex­pect­ing about 600 peo­ple to visit for Voices at Ca­nia.

If you would like to help, Monto Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre is al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers.

PHOTO: GE­ORGE SMITH

LOOK­ING FOR AN AU­DI­ENCE: Monto Magic Tourism Ac­tion Group's Lyn Tucker and Liz Robert­son want the town to host qual­ity events, such as Voices at Ca­nia, to at­tract vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

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