Final countdown for Music Bowl
ROCKHAMPTON'S Music Bowl is old fashioned and unpopular and that's why it will be closed down at the end of the year, councillors decided yesterday.
Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling said selling the site and putting the proceeds into a trust to support the performing arts was a far better outcome.
"Big bands are not coming to town and when they do, they don't want to use the Music Bowl," she said.
Councillors voted eight to two to seal the fate of the venue which was opened in 1985 and has hosted a wide range of music events.
Cr Stephen Schwarten said it was a terrible shame that what he described as a wonderful dream had come to the end of its useful life.
"When it was built it was a step forward in the cultural development of the city, now it is a safety concern. Its time is up and I feel very sad about it but it never really worked out.
"It's never had the full use that was intended for it and it saddens me to see it deteriorate over all these years."
Councillors were told that modern promoters wanted flat venues where they could erect large structures to protect bands from the elements.
The Music Bowl's topography was against it and it was unable to attract sufficient events to warrant its retention.
But Cr Tony Williams said he couldn't support the decision.
"I would hate to see it sold and then a couple of years down the track we find ourselves looking for a venue to accommodate a large audience," he said.
Carols By Candlelight was a much-loved tradition that had been held there for years and he wondered where it would be staged in future.
It now looks as if this year's carol service will be the curtain call for the venue.