Grant to pro­mote our fes­ti­val na­tion­wide

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

GAVIN “Butto” Butlin in­tends to make this year’s Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic the best yet – and he’s fi­nally found some fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Mr Butlin has just re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion of $25,000 in grant fund­ing from round 28 of the Tourism and Events Queens­land (TEQ) Re­gional Devel­op­ment Pro­gram.

The fes­ti­val pro­moter said 90 per cent of the fund­ing was al­lo­cated to mar­ket­ing the fes­ti­val and the Whit­sun­day re­gion to an in­ter­state au­di­ence.

“This grant is recog­ni­tion of the sig­nif­i­cant im­pact the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic has on the lo­cal econ­omy and is an ad­di­tional boost to our mar­ket­ing bud­get,” he ex­plained.

The Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic is now in its third year and will run from Thurs­day, Novem­ber 5, to Sun­day, Novem­ber 8. It will in­clude three con­certs in the main mar­quee at the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and over 200 mu­si­cians per­form­ing at a range of venues through­out Air­lie Beach, Can­non­vale and the Abell Point Ma­rina. Head­line acts this year in­clude 10cc, Toni Childs, Sandi Thom, The Black Sor­rows, Wendy Mat- thews, Richard Clap­ton and An­gry An­der­son with the James South­well Band.

Mr Butlin said he now need- ed as many tour op­er­a­tors, ac­com­mo­da­tion providers and lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple as pos­si­ble to con­tact him “so we can put the best of­fers to­gether and re­ally make this year a huge suc­cess”.

“Ev­ery­one benefits from us work­ing to­gether and vis­i­tors get to en­joy the best of the Whit­sun­days,” he said. For more de­tails call 0411 477 908.

GATH­ER­ING MO­MEN­TUM: Gavin 'Butto' Butlin (cen­tre left), pic­tured with 2014 Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic com­mit­tee mem­bers Kieran Mcarthy, An­nie Free­man and Sa­man­tha Hay­ward, in front of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club's main mar­quee.

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