THE Gympie Music Muster kicks off this week – August 23 – and continues to give back to rural communities who are doing it tough.
Muster spokesperson Lori Hoffmann said rural communities have been suffering in these dry times.
“Depression and isolation become more prevalent, spending in regional towns decreases and the knock-on affect is widely felt,” she said.
“Music festivals like the Muster help to alleviate some of that pain, by bringing like-minded people together for a mental break and giving them the chance to relax for a few days. They also help to draw money into our regional communities at a time when it’s needed most.”
Seventy-five percent of 2017 Muster-goers travelled from outside the region to attend, contributing to an overall economic impact of $6.20m for Queensland, 83% of which was felt in the greater Gympie region.
“The Muster has always been about community coming together,” Lori said.
“And we are privileged to be able to be continue that tradition in a meaningful way again this year.”
In the lead-up to this year’s festival, the Gympie Music Muster donated 30 four-day festival tickets to Drought Aid to bring drought-affected landowners to the event, and will also shout them a feed at the Muster’s Biggest Ever Bloke’s Lunch hosted by 2018 charity partner Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia.
The Muster is a much-needed helping hand for those regional communities doing it tough.