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Cooly Rocks On the southern Gold Coast

07 June 2014

Thousands of car enthusiasts will flock to Cooly Rocks On this weekend where a nostalgic mix of custom and classic vehicles, hot rods and retro markets will provide a big boost for the region’s tourism industry as well as local small businesses.

Attending the festival today, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games and Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey warmly welcomed festival supporters to her electorate and said their enthusiasm for the popular event helped the Government deliver its election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.

“The Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for tourism, Destination Success, recognises the importance of supporting events that drive repeat visitors to regional destinations and support the local economy,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Events like this support our goal of growing overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“Around 94,000 people attended Cooly Rocks On in 2013, with event organisers confident this year’s event has been bigger and better than ever – a perfect opportunity to showcase the picturesque southern Gold Coast.

“Whilst the car show and street parade are the main attractions, Rock ‘n Roll, Rockabilly and Swing entertainment are crowd pleasers, drawing big crowds and contributing to the appeal of this event." 

Ms Stuckey said the Newman Government had a strong plan for a brighter future and Tourism and Events Queensland’s funding of $180,000 over three years through the Regional Development Program would help ensure the event continued to thrive on the Gold Coast.

Cooly Rocks On Chief Executive Officer Bob Newman said the festival continued to see success having established itself as the biggest 50s and 60s nostalgia festival in Australia.

“Over 1,300 pre-1970 cars will be on display on Saturday and Sunday and outdoor stages will be located throughout the Coolangatta and Kirra Cooly Rocks On precincts,” Mr Newman said.

“Outdoor entertainment at the festival is free and tickets to see artists and bands in the marquee and local venues are available at the door so I encourage everyone to come along this weekend for a great day out.”

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[ENDS] Saturday 7 June 2014

Media Contact/s:

Minister’s Office: 07 371 97420
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