Koenig: We must sup­port events

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

AHor­sham com­mu­nity leader has urged peo­ple to be proac­tive and sup­port events, shows and per­for­mances that come to or de­velop in the re­gion.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City coun­cil­lor Josh Koenig, among peo­ple who at­tended Hor­sham Rock­fest at Sawyer Park, said Hor­sham and the broader Wim­mera needed to en­sure they em­braced spe­cial events.

“I thought Rock­fest was a great event for Hor­sham. It was a fan­tas­tic day and night of entertainment and num­bers at­tend­ing were pretty good. Ev­ery­one I have spo­ken to shares the same view,” he said.

“But I think a mes­sage to the peo­ple of Hor­sham is that we on the coun­cil of­ten get asked to have more things for peo­ple to do. So when things like this come along, we as a com­mu­nity need to show our sup­port.

“It’s a kind of use-it-or-lose-it way of look­ing at this. If we want big acts and shows to come to Hor­sham and pro­mot­ers to con­sider com­ing here, we need to be able to demon­strate that we’re right be­hind them.”

Be­tween 800 and 1000 peo­ple at­tended Hor­sham Rock­fest, which fea­tured prom­i­nent per­form­ers Shannon Noll and Reece Mastin, fa­mous retro rock acts The Chan­toozies and The Choir Boys and coun­try rock tal­ent Paul Costa.

Mil­dura Entertainment or­gan­ised the event as part of a re­gional Rock­fest se­ries and could not con­firm af­ter the event whether the show would re­turn next year.

Cr Koenig said when he and his wife first ar­rived at the venue he was im­me­di­ately re­minded how good Hor­sham Sound­shell and Sawyer Park were for the district.

“My wife and I weren’t huge fans of the bands that were play­ing, but we en­joyed it and couldn’t speak highly enough about the event,” he said.

“I can re­mem­ber say­ing dur­ing one of the first acts that this is what the sound­shell is built for and that it needs to hap­pen more of­ten to take full ad­van­tage of the fa­cil­i­ties. It was just a great day.

“It just sug­gested that we as a com­mu­nity need to get be­hind big events that bring peo­ple to­gether.

“The same ap­plies to Kan­na­ma­roo fes­ti­val and our other at­trac­tions.”

Cr Koenig said he noted while at Hor­sham Rock­fest the num­ber peo­ple he did not recog­nise.

“I ob­vi­ously know a lot of peo­ple in Hor­sham and I had a bit of a look around and there was a lot of peo­ple there I didn’t know. This sug­gested to me that many in the crowd were vis­i­tors, which I think is a good thing,” he said.

“We just need to make sure we grab hold of these events so when these pro­mot­ers go away, they want to come back.

“We need to con­tinue to grow Hor­sham and grow the num­ber of events that come to or are in Hor­sham.”

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