May says concert would attract artists and visitors to support economy

Triple J's One Night Stand in Dubbo in 2013. Photo: Dubbo Daily Liberal
Triple J's One Night Stand in Dubbo in 2013. Photo: Dubbo Daily Liberal

Cootamundra-Gundagai’s mayor Abb McAlister said bringing Triple J’s One Night Stand to Cootamundra would be an incredible benefit to the town’s and region’s economy.

According to report from the then Dubbo City Council after the 2013 concert, accommodation and takeaway businesses registered a 350 per cent increase to their trading for the event.

Hosting the concert also raised the profile of Dubbo as people looked for ways to travel to the city. Accommodation in Dubbo and even Narromine was booked out.

The last time the One Night Stand was in the Riverina was in 2007 at Cowra.

“Council are fully supportive and will help out where we can,” Cr McAlister said.

“I think it would be fantastic. Fantastic for the economy of the town and to showcase your town.”

As well as boosting the economy, Cr McAlister said the concert would help boost the town’s cultural credentials.

“You’re going to get the top line acts and that will draw the people,” he said.

Council delegate to Cootamundra’s Tourism Action Group Councillor Leigh Bowden said attracting the triple J One Night Stand was an incentive which group had spoken about and supported.

“It’s a great idea,” Cr Bowden said.

“It raises the profile of the town, particularly with that demographic with the people who will come to the gig.”

Cr Bowden said supporting the event would draw people to not the entire district. She said Gundagai had also been suggested as a host for the event.

“Council would encourage Cootamundra people to support Gundagai’s push [to host it] and Gundagai people to support Cootamundra if they get it it,” she said.

Former Cootamundra resident Dave McCarthy made the application to bring triple J’s One Night Stand to town earlier this year. “I compliment Dave McCarthy on the foresight of trying to get the concert to Cootamundra,” Cr McAlister said.

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