Music festivals like CMC Rocks could come to Dubbo if a bold plan to improve the showground goes ahead.
Dubbo Regional Council CEO Michael McMahon is drafting a significant sporting event attraction package that has the backing of the entire council and said a similar package but for arts and cultural events would be beneficial for Dubbo.
Mr McMahon said the Dubbo showground could be used as a venue for more significant events such as a touring music festival.
“We are currently working with consultants and the council on a master plan for the Dubbo showground to develop its potential further,” he said.
“I would love to see new and exciting events using these facilities.”
CMC Rocks Festival CEO Matthew Lazarus-Hall said he is always looking for ways to expand the reach of the festival.
“There are many things that make up a partnership between local authorities and a commercial promoter and like all events and promoters we always want to evolve and grow,” he said.
We are always open to looking at new projects that are presented to us.CMC Rocks Festival CEO Matthew Lazarus-Hall
“We are always open to looking at new projects that are presented to us.”
Mr McMahon said he would support a move to attract more music and cultural events to Dubbo.
“I would be very supportive of developing a package that attracted arts and cultural events to the Dubbo Region,” Mr Mcmahon said.
“I think the pairing of arts and culture with tourism can lead to increased economic development as it encourages visitors to the area, while also contributing to community well-being by revitalising local areas.”
Dubbo Mayor Ben Shields said the showground should be “more than just an agricultural venue.”
“Our theatre only holds 500 people so if we could get the showground to be an attractive venue for touring music festivals that would be great for Dubbo,” he said.
“The showground has to be an outdoor event and entertainment centre for it to be a fully useable asset.”