Price change fires interest



ORGANISERS of the Rocky New Year's Ball have bowed to public pressure and changed their new drinks policy.

"It's a good change and it should be popular,'' said Gary Stickley, program manager of the 18th annual B&S Ball.

Mr Stickley this week went public through The Morning Bulletin with concerns a backlash from patrons over ticketing changes, combined with rising overheads, may spell death for the popular event.

However, Mr Stickley announced yesterday plans to scrap the basic $70 ticket (includes three cans of spirits or beer).

Tickets already purchased will be honoured.

The $90 value ticket ? entitling you to 12 drinks ? and $120 VIP (includes the same number of drinks and access to the VIP lounge) would stay.

But patrons who finish their allocated drinks now can buy additional drinks for a gold coin donation ? with proceeds to go to the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service or the Leukaemia Foundation.

Rockhampton's Peta Reynolds, a ball-goer for three years, was not going this year. But now she will reconsider.

"It does sound like better value, yeah,'' she said.

Jafer Thursby said he had always planned to go but was more excited now.

"It just keeps getting better and better,'' he said.



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