The controversial SandTunes festival will be moved from the Coolangatta foreshore to Metricon Stadium.
The State Government has caved into concerns from southern Gold Coasters over the impact on local residents and businesses, as well as safety considering it would have been held right along the ocean.
Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon, has stepped in to relocate the highly anticipated event to Carrara.
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“There’s been vocal opposition from people trying to ruin this event for the Coast, including the retiring Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey.
“The bottom line – this event will support local jobs and pump millions back into our economy. Jann doesn’t want it in her electorate but I certainly want it in mine.
“I made representations to the Minister to bring SandTunes to Metricon Stadium in Carrara. This venue is perfect for a large-scale music event.
“The talent line-up for SandTunes is world class. To be able to see some of the best acts on the planet here on the Coast is a great win for locals,” Ms Scanlon said.
The event will bring huge acts to the Gold Coast, including Travis Scott, Dean Lewis, and Carly Rae Jepsen, in what the Tourism Minister has described as one of the best line-ups in Australia in recent history.
“It will bring thousands of tourists to the Gold Coast and pump millions into the economy.
“I understand there has been some concern on the southern Gold Coast about whether Coolangatta should host this event. Meaghan approached me about moving the festival to Carrara last week and the promoter was supportive.
“We’re committed to delivering world class events that support local jobs and grow the tourism industry. SandTunes will achieve just that,” Tourism Minister Kate Jones said.
SandTunes is expected to generate more than $10 million and bring an extra 35,000 people to Carrara for the two-day event starting November 30, 2019.