Dubbo Regional Council has rejected a proposal to construct a music bowl in Sir Roden Cutler Park.
The Sir Roden Cutler Park Entertainment and Events Development Committee has been pushing for a music bowl for at least five years. They say it will attract large music events to Dubbo.
However, council decided it was not worth the money.
In a report on the proposed music bowl, council said the cost to construct the facility would be an estimated $17 million. That would include a stage and entertainment precinct, two carparks and an amenities building. Another $10,000 per year would be required to manage it.
To break even, the music bowl would need an attendance rate of more than 95,000 ever year.
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Dubbo Regional councillor Kevin Parker said the proposal was not viable.
"We do have another facility in town that can meet the requirements of a music bowl that is a bit more open air: Lazy River," he said.
Lazy River Estate has hosted music events such as the Red Hot Summer Tour and the Riverfest Food, Wine and Music Festival.
Council also spoke to Wagga Wagga about their music bowl. When it was first constructed it was well-utilised, however, now it has one large event each year which about 8000 attend.
"It was noted and identified throughout the report and from discussions with Wagga Wagga City Council that current trends of music bowls demonstrate a large reduction in the visitation over a short period of time," the council report said.
"A hypothesis behind the declining use provided by WWCC were problems with weather and the organisers of large music events preferring to host their events in the CBD."
If the music bowl was given the go ahead, council would have targeted events like Groovin' the Moo, CMC Rocks and Bass in the Grass.
The Sir Roden Cutler Park Entertainment and Events Development Committee formed in 2014. Their main goal has been to establish a music bowl, however, the high cost has prevented it from going ahead.