Dear Triple J,
I write to you today as a live music lover and proud Cootamundra alumni, asking you to consider Cootamundra for your One Night Stand. I put in an application recently and I hope it found you well.
Cootamundra is a sleepy little-town in the heart of the Riverina, home of huge sunsets, big hearts and a whole heap of wattle.
You may know us for a cracking cricketer named The Don, our famed beach volley ball tournament or being the home of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest signal tower (who wants a Big Prawn or Banana when you can have a functional piece of railway equipment?).
Located on the Main Southern train line and the terminal for every CountryLink bus in the region, we aren’t hard to get to down here, but we are hard to forget.
With a population of 5579 I think it’s safe to say we could go another 5000 for one night or so.
Whilst I may be busy painting a pretty picture, its worth saying that some things aren’t going great.
The abattoir closed and the ugg boot factory years before that.
Our local council merged with the neighbouring town of Gundagai and the main new business to open on the main street in recent years is a funeral home.
Things have been a bit tough, so it’d be brilliant to give the town a night to cheer, dance and be proud to be call Coota home.
Bring us a concert that will have every kid in town asking for a guitar for Christmas, raise the roof of the RSL Club for the Blue Light Disco of the ages and add your entry to the Cootamundra Wikipedia page (it hasn’t had an entry since 2015).
So, roll that name off your tongue a few times… Coota.
Coota-bloody-mundra. You know you want to hear it on your airwaves.
Almost as much as we’d love to crack you a cold one and welcome Australia with open arms to our corner of the country.
Dave McCarthy, Canberra
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