Council commits to future of The Noosa Longweekend Festival
  • Saturday 17 September 2011

Sunshine Coast Council is providing $20,000 each year for the next three years to The Noosa Longweekend Festival as part of its Community Partnerships Funding Program.

Division 11 Councillor Russell Green said the funding announcement showed council’s commitment to this important event.

“The Festival has just wrapped up its 10th year and is a major highlight on the Sunshine Coast calendar,” Cr Green said.

“It just gets bigger and better every year with this year one of the most successful festivals ever held, with over 70 events staged and a record number of ticket sales.”

“While the event attracts plenty of tourists from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and New Zealand, it’s also well loved locally, with nearly 60% of this years tickets purchased by locals.

“The 10-day festival injects around $1.2m into the local economy through accommodation, restaurants, retail, sightseeing and transport.

“The event is promoted all over Australia and New Zealand, providing invaluable ongoing exposure for the region,” Cr Green said.

The Noosa Longweekend Festival President Simon Gamble welcomed the announcement and said the funds received from the Council will provide much needed core funding.

“It will greatly assist in covering the operational costs of the Festival Office during the year and will go a long way in ensuring the ongoing success of the Festival in coming years,” Mr Gamble said.

The Festival is made possible by the generosity of the Festival’s patrons, friends, sponsors and team of volunteers.

The 2012 Noosa Longweekend Festival is on June 15-24.

The Noosa Longweekend Festival is a not-for-profit organisation which stages the 10 day arts festival each year. The festival incorporates music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literature, food, forums, workshops and children’s and community events.