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Horsham Country Music Festival gets lifeline from partners

Colin Morrell at the Horsham Country Music Festival.

Colin Morrell at the Horsham Country Music Festival.

Horsham Country Music Festival will continue for at least the next three years as part of a new community partnership.
Horsham Rural City Council and Horsham Sports and Community Club have joined forces with Horsham Country Music Association and thrown the event a lifeline.
Emerging from the partnership is a plan to establish a new committee, which will include a paid event manager.
Association festival organisers, all of them elderly, had declared last month’s four-day event their last based on diminishing energy.
But the council and community club, acknowledging the festival’s
socio-economic benefits to Horsham and broader region, have offered to help establish a three-way partnership.
Horsham Sports and Community Club board member Tim Coller said the club was keen to offer ‘in principal’ financial support to ensure Horsham Country Music Festival continued for many years.
“It is important the hard work under-taken by the current organising committee is acknowledged and further strengthened to ensure Horsham remains the country music capital of the Wimmera – and the economic benefit this event brings to Horsham community is not lost to another city,” he said.
Festival co-ordinator Lyall Wheaton said his association committee members were ‘rapt’ and thanked the new partners.
“Horsham Country Music Festival has really grown in the past few years, which means the workload on the voluntary committee became unreasonable and unsustainable,” he said.
“Funding for a part-time festival co-ordinator will significantly reduce the workload of the volunteers who run the festival.”
Horsham mayor Mark Radford, who had been concerned about the prospect of the Wimmera centre losing the event, said the first process would be to gain a clear understanding of the festival.
“Statistics from the 2019 festival are being brought together to create a report for Horsham Rural City councillors and the Horsham Sports and Community Club board, with a view to seeking firm financial and practical commitments,” he said.
“In the short term, ‘in principle’ support will enable the next step in the process, to get the 2020 event locked into the country music calendar, providing surety for both artists and country music fans.”
Mr Radford said the plan was that an event manager would work with the volunteer committee and co-
ordinate artists, a program, logistics and promotions.
“Some members of the existing festival committee and three new community representatives will work with the sports and community club and the council to deliver the festival for the next three years,” he said.
“There might also be an opportunity to seek funding support from the State Government.”  
Cr Radford said a meeting of service clubs and businesses involved with the festival, and a call for expressions of interest for community representatives, would occur in the next few weeks.

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