Council plans for eisteddfod

THE best singers in the state will head for Rockhampton when the city hosts the Queensland Eisteddfod in three years time.

The last time the event was held in Rockhampton, in 2000, it drew 6000 competitors and businesses throughout the city will be hoping the 2013 eisteddfod will be even more popular.

Councillors yesterday agreed to budget $50,000 to stage the famous competition which attracts soloists and choirs from all over the state and further afield.

Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling, who chairs Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Development Committee, welcomed the invitation from the Queensland Eisteddfod Council for the city to play host again at venues likely to include the Pilbeam Theatre.

“It is going to be a wonderful opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer and there will be so many benefits to our business community,” she said.

Tom Upton, the general manager of community and customer services, told councillors the last event had cost the city council $30,000 in sponsorship and staff time.

But he said the city had received all the money back in the form of equipment donations to the various performing arts facilities that were used and he was confident the 2013 event would be no different.

News that the state’s premier performing arts competition was returning to Rocky was greeted warmly yesterday by Les Killian, president of the Rockhampton Eisteddfod.

“I think it’s great that Rockhampton will once again host the state event,” he said.

“It is always significant for any regional centre to be chosen. We have a very long and well-established history in the performing arts and we will do our utmost to support and make it a success.”

“There are some outstanding choirs in Queensland, which will compete,” he said.

The committee’s decision to allocate $50,000 for the event in the 2012/13 budget has to be ratified by the full council.



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