The Golden Logie at our Golden Guitar? Let’s make it happen!
Minister for Tourism and Member for the Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall last week revealed his plan to take the Logies to the bush, announcing that the NSW Government, through its events agency Destination NSW, is looking to secure the event in regional NSW.
“We’re proposing to take the glitz and glamour of the Logies beyond the fringes of the city and out to Tamworth in 2018 and then potentially Dubbo and Albury in 2019 and 2020,” Adam said.
The expression of interest follows on from last year’s #BringTheLogiesToDubbo campaign, which began with a local radio station and quickly gained support from local boy and Home and Away Star, Steve Peacock. The bid was taken up by local member Troy Grant and now, the idea of the Logies going bush has the State Government’s tick of approval.
“The impact of hosting an event of this stature in regional NSW cannot be overlooked and this is no ambit claim – we’ve done our homework and taking the Logies to the bush represents more than double the value of hosting them in Sydney.”
“The potential for Regional NSW to host major events is huge; these areas have some of the best food, wine, unique tourist attractions and country hospitality that you couldn’t find anywhere else in the world.” Adam said.
Tamworth attracts over 50,000 visitors during its annual Tamworth Country Music Festival and already hosts over 50 events a year at its state-of-the-art Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC). The newly revamped Goonoo Goonoo Station is widely praised for its fine dining and luxury accommodation, and hosted Aussie supermodel Jennifer Hawkins while shooting David Jones’ recent campaign onsite. The city also boasts the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC) which can seat up to 4,800 people and can convert to the more intimate ‘lyric mode’ seating up to 1,800. With only 1,000 guests invited to the Logies, the city is ready and willing to host such an event.
“As a country based Minister I’m determined to boost local economies, generate jobs and drive investment by turbocharging the tourism and events industry for rural and regional NSW,” Adam said.
“The positive flow-on effects would be felt right across our regions with more heads on beds, and more tourist dollars ending up in the pockets of local businesspeople.”
With the hosting contract up for renewal, organisers are reportedly keen to investigate all options. The proposal is gaining major support on social media, from both city and regional TV viewers who would be happy to see the Logies do something new.
Keen to throw your support behind bringing the Logies to the Bush? Talk about it on social media using the hashtag #logiestothebush