VIBRANT FEEL: The inaugural Rockhampton River Festival saw the city’s laneways come to life, filled with people and market stalls.
VIBRANT FEEL: The inaugural Rockhampton River Festival saw the city’s laneways come to life, filled with people and market stalls. Allan Reinikka Rokariverfe

Fees set to increase at next year's Rocky River Festival

AFTER only one event, Rockhampton's River Festival has been named on Tourism and Events Queensland's iconic events list.

Despite success in its inaugural year, Rockhampton Regional Council is already looking at ways to improve the festival next year.

The event will face bigger challenges in 2016, with the riverbank redevelopment limiting the amount of space which can be used.

A report on keeping the event sustainable was presented in a full council meeting on Tuesday.

The report found council would need to look at providing a larger budget, improve revenue or restructure the program to feature fewer performers, marketing, street theatre and public art.

The option of increasing revenue was recommended, which would involve modifying the price of market stalls, garnering more sponsorship and applying for further grants.

Following the first River Festival a council survey showed almost all of the 82 stallholders were willing to return next year.

In addition to this, regional promotions manager Sarah Reeves told the council meeting there had been significant interest from people willing to travel to the event from across Queensland and northern New South Wales.

The report presented proposed fees for both 2016 and 2017.

While most councillors agreed with increasing fees for next year, Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said it was too early to recommend fees for 2017.

Cr Strelow said it was important to take into account how much money stallholders were spending to travel to the event and look at other ways to keep the festival viable.

"I think the event was such an amazing success," she said.

"We need to grow the event carefully."

 

2016 River Festival suggested fees:

Commercial 3x3 food stall: $300 (previously $240)

Commercial food stall 3x6: $500 (previously $400)

Market stall 3x3: $220 (previously $180)

Market stall 3x6: $440 (previously $360)



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