Local company supports festival in many ways
  • Tuesday 17 July 2012

Sunshine Coast Council has welcomed Caloundra-based company Tracknology’s commitment to provide technology services to both the Caloundra Music Festival and the Caloundra Fringe Festival in September.

The commitment includes updating websites for the Festivals, optimized websites for mobile browsers, GPS tracking services for festival vehicles and automated documentation – and will be delivered by one of Tracknology’s employees who recently joined Tracknology from a local school last year.

"We are a strong believer in providing work experience and on-the-job training to Sunshine Coast youth who have an interest or skills in IT," Tracknology boss Stephen Walsh said.

"The success of our traineeships and development programs speak for themselves, with one of our youngest employees now addressing the requirements of the festivals."

"Tracknology is now offering a new traineeship to students exhibiting genuine skills in IT, who are encouraged to contact me via our website. Applications will be accepted from students, or from youth who can display a passion for programming," Mr Walsh said.

Economic Development portfolio (Tourism Sports and Major Events) holder Cr Jason O’Pray congratulated Mr Walsh for his support.

"The Music Festival is getting bigger each year and the Fringe is in its infancy so it’s great to have local companies putting their support behind these wonderful events," he said.

Local councillor Tim Dwyer said Tracknology already had a great track record as an innovative company and was doing its bit in both offering local youth employment and supporting one of the community’s major events.

"The inaugural Fringe Festival in particular is relying on community-minded people like Steve Walsh and Tracknology to ensure its initial and ongoing success," Cr Dwyer said.

"I know he’s working closely with the festival team to produce cutting-edge technology which will grab the attention of potential festival-goers, giving them both a good navigational tool for getting around Caloundra as well as a sense of belonging to the festival site."

The 2012 Caloundra Fringe Festival runs from Friday night of 21 through to Friday 28 September, when the Caloundra Music Festival takes place until Sunday evening, 30 September. A final Fringe activity will take place with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation on Monday 1 October on the music festival site.