Woodford Folk Festival set for $4 million overhaul
WOODFORD Folk Festival would undergo a major overhaul from early 2018 following a $4m funding agreement between the Queensland Government, Woodfordia Inc and the Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad yesterday announced Labor's $2m commitment toward a significant infrastructure boost for the festival site matched by $2m from the other two bodies to be spent over the coming 24 months.
In a visit to the site Ms Trad, accompanied by Toursm Minister Kate Jones said the iconic site was being pushed to the brink by growing crowd numbers.
"The Palaszczuk Government recognises the critical need to invest in new permanent shower and toilet facilities, waste-water treatment upgrades, camping and parking areas, and extra additional lighting and public safety upgrades to enhance the festival experience for day trippers and campers alike," she said.
"By collaborating with the council and Woodfordia Inc we will also be able to seal an impressive 10km of internal roads to suppress the dust at the festival site, which can wreak absolute havoc on dry, hot days for asthmatics and turn into mud on rainy days."
Ms Trad said the $2m grant was an investment in the site's future sustainability and in line with organiser's 500-year vision.
She said the festival pumped millions of dollars into the economy and was a significant employer.
Festival director Bill Hauritz said it was the right investment at the right time to ensure the future viability and sustainability of the Woodford Folk Festival.
"Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has been a good listener and great champion in Government for our festival and we're grateful," Mr Hauritz said.
He said the assistance would help transform infrastructure which had been held together with "rubber bands and gaffer tape".
Work will start, weather dependent, immediately after the six-day 2017 Woodford Folk Festival from December 27.