‘Where’s the sup­port?’

Or­gan­is­ers ques­tion why lo­cals aren’t back­ing events

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Marissa New­man marissa.new­man@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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