‘Where’s the support?’
Organisers question why locals aren’t backing events
THERE is a worrying trend of events not being supported in Mundubbera.
Barry Mitchell, from the Billabong Motor Inn has an upcoming rock ‘n’ roll weekend which will be held on the Queen’s birthday long weekend.
Mr Mitchell said while support had been fantastic from out of the area, there had been a problem with attracting locals to the event.
“We want to make this a success and we would like to see it become an annual event,” he said.
Mr Mitchell aims to get at least 100 people to the event that will be held in just over two weeks’ time.
Mr Mitchell said almost half of the tickets had already been sold for the event, however they had all been to people outside the area.
The long table banquet was also recently cancelled due to a lack of support.
Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan said she believed both the long table and rock ‘n’ roll weekend were planned to attract people from out of the region to showcase what we had to offer and allow the community to show hospitality to those visitors by attending the events.
Both events aimed to support cancer research.
“Unfortunately the long table did not reach the required numbers of 80 to allow the caterer to break even and still maintain her high reputation, it was regrettably mutually decided by Mundubbera Enterprise Association and Kels Katering to cancel,” she said.
Cr Whelan said some of the reasons locals may not have booked would have been financial due to the ongoing dry weather and Council Rate Notices due for payment the day before the event.
“I hope that the locals who are in town for the long weekend attend the Rock and Roll Weekend in the Mundubbera Community Hall. It should be three nights of energy and fun,” she said.
Cr Whelan said a trend locals had slipped into was not booking for events until the last couple of days.
This often forces committees to cancel prematurely when required numbers are not reached by a given date.