Gympie Music Muster an economic boom for the region

Media Release

WT278/2015

27 August 2015

Joint release with:

Mick Curran

Mayor of Gympie Regional Council

Keith Pitt

Federal Member for Hinkler

Music enthusiasts from far and wide will gather this evening at the official opening of the $635,000 Gympie Music Muster Site facilities upgrade project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government contributed $450,000 towards the project under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving the social and economic infrastructure of communities across Australia, which is why we are providing $350 million under the programme to fund community projects like this one,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said works on the Gympie Music Muster site involved upgrading capital infrastructure and facilities at the muster site in the Amamoor Creek State Forest Park.

“The Gympie Music Muster is celebrating its 34th birthday this year, and this project will ensure it is set to celebrate dozens more,” Mr Pitt said.

Works carried out include an upgrade of the main stage, construction of new facilities for performers, new fencing on the grounds, refurbishment of the site's information centre and construction of new disability access pathways, viewing platforms and ablutions blocks.

Mayor of Gympie Regional Council Mick Curran, who will join Mr Pitt for the official opening, said the Gympie Music Muster was one of the region's most important events—socially, culturally and economically.

“The music muster attracts more than 50,000 people to the Gympie region annually,” Cr Curran said.

“It is an iconic Queensland event with a proud history of supporting local community groups, and patrons will now enjoy improved access, comfort and safety, with the facilities upgrade being a particular boost for the disabled.”

The Gympie Music Muster Site Facilities project was  jointly funded  with the Australian Government contributing $450,000, Gympie Regional Council $20,000, Gympie Muster Inc $150,000, and SkillCentred Queensland Inc $15,000.