Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Peter Allen Festival celebrates the man behind the Tenterfield Saddler

Media Release

MM156/2018

07 September 2018

Peter Allen fans around Australia are flocking to the place that the singer-songwriter still called home this weekend for the inaugural Peter Allen Festival in Tenterfield, New South Wales.

Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals' Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the festival was a huge win for the Tenterfield community, bringing in over 1,100 visitors across the weekend.

“This festival is not only a great opportunity to celebrate the music of one of Australia's most beloved performers, it is also supporting local talent, tourism and small businesses in this region,” Mr McCormack said.

“Festival-goers are expected to spend nearly $300,000 in Tenterfield over the weekend, which is a significant boost for local businesses and a great outcome for the community.”

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce, who attended the festival this evening, said the three-day festival would incorporate a range of events, including a cabaret show, music, food and market stalls.

“Peter's music has touched the hearts of people across the world, and it's absolutely fitting that the festival is held here in Tenterfield—Peter's birthplace and the home to one of his most well-known songs, Tenterfield Saddler,” Mr Joyce said.

“The festival will also celebrate the heritage and Indigenous history of this area as well as promoting local produce and suppliers, so this event is really bringing the whole community together.”

Mayor of Tenterfield Peter Petty said events such as this would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our local businesses and community members, and funding through generous sponsorships and donations.

“Tenterfield has become a thriving town for visitors who are always sure to make a stop at the famous saddlery which Peter's song placed on the world stage,” Cr Petty said.

“The festival is sure to be a crowd pleaser with the young and old alike, bringing to life the stories and charismatic performances of the late Peter Allen.”

The project was funded by the Australian Government investing $30,000, the Tenterfield Chamber of Tourism, Industry and Business $30,000 and Tenterfield Shire Council $5,000