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Gold Coast music festival named Queenslands newest major event

04 February 2019

Groundwater Country Music Festival

Following years of growth and overwhelming success, Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister Meaghan Scanlon today named Broadbeach’s Groundwater Country Music Festival Queensland’s newest ‘major event’.

Ms Scanlon said Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) had upgraded the festival’s status after the 2018 edition generated more than $5 million for the state’s economy - a 25 per cent increase from 2017.

“The status upgrade reflects the importance of this festival to the Gold Coast’s economy,” she said.

“Since the event’s inception in 2013, it’s grown from strength-to-strength. Last year more than 63,000 people attended the event, generating nearly 30,000 visitor nights for the Gold Coast.

“Major events are recognised as those which significantly contribute to the Queensland economy, entice visitors to Queensland and enhance the profile of the Sunshine State.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said since the Gold Coast’s major events industry continued to boom following the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“We invest in major events because they’re crucial when it comes to supporting local tourism jobs,” she said.

“The 2018 Commonwealth Games put the Coast on the map as a world-class major events host.

“We’re committed to working with organisers to continue to grow the Groundwater festival in the future.

“When it comes to major events we’ve got the runs on the board. Since 2015, we’ve more than doubled the value of our major events calendar – this year tipped to pump $800 million into Queensland’s economy.”

Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick said the organisation was proud to have Groundwater elevated to major event status.

“After just six short years, it is testament to the quality of the festival and the destination of the beachside precinct of Broadbeach,” Ms McCormick said.

“Where else can fans enjoy Australia’s best country artists complemented by international country artists in a beachside location on the beautiful Gold Coast.

“This would not have been possible without the ongoing support of TEQ and the City of the Gold Coast as well as our dedicated country fans who travel from around Australia to be part of the annual Groundwater celebration.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Groundwater Festival strengthened TEQ’s long term strategy of positioning Queensland as Australia’s home of country music.

“In 2019 Queensland will host CMC Rocks, the Gympie Music Muster and the Groundwater Country Music Festival - all three of which are experiencing significant growth in attendance and generating millions for our state’s economy,” she said.