Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

I would like to thank the per­form­ers and au­di­ence mem­bers that made this years Dou­glas Song­writ­ers chal­lenge such a suc­cess.

Af­ter two big heats in Cairns and Port, last Sunday saw the fi­nal of the re­vamped of the Chal­lenge in the Spiege­lent.

Fif­teen fi­nal­ists vied for the top prize rang­ing in age from 14 to 61 years old. The am­a­teur cat­e­gory was won by Steph Manoza from Cairns ($500) who nar­rowly beat Am­ber Far­nan from Cook­town and Port’s own Jimmy Astill.

The Pro cat­e­gory, where the per­form­ers were marked on their stage craft as well as their song writ­ing, went to Luka Wilde ($1000), who won by only a point to the tied sec­ond place get­ters of

Shaun Kane and Tim Whig­ton, all Cairns­based mu­si­cians.

Au­di­ence mem­bers were im­pressed with the level of skill dis­played from our fi­nal­ists and I would like to thank all in­volved for their help in mak­ing the chal­lenge a suc­cess.

Par­tic­u­lar thanks must go to Gregg Buchanan (our stage man­ager) and his wife Jan, as well as to the judges who do­nated their time to eval­u­ate the songs en­tered: Gary Bock, Tony Hil­lier, Nigel Pe­grum, Jeff Cripps and Kim Con­sta­ble. Also a big thanks to Mel, Ali and Craig from Knock­out Events who helped set up and sup­port the event in many ways from fund­ing to mar­ket­ing. They did a fan­tas­tic job too.

Thanks again to all in­volved and the Chal­lenge will re­turn big­ger and bet­ter for next year’s Car­ni­vale.

Drew Weyand (event co­or­di­na­tor)

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