Tweed Heads is the latest location to put its hands up as the new home of the Gold Coast Big Day Out in 2014, with a local councillor saying the NSW/QLD border town will “work our backsides off” to snare the popular festival.
My Daily News reports that the Tweed Shire Council are hoping to meet with BDO organisers if the Queensland Government decides to pass with regard to keeping the festival on the Gold Coast in 2014.
Last week, Big Day Out CEO Adam Zammit said that the Gold Coast leg of the festival was “as good as gone” from next year onwards. The Queensland Government will be transforming the current venue – the Gold Coast Parklands – into the athletes village for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Tweed mayor Barry Longland said that he believed the area had “a lot to offer” for Australia’s most famous touring festival.
“We have some locations in mind but we don’t want to say anything at this stage,” he said.
“We would be conducting greater consultation with stakeholders and the local community.”
Having said that, Cr Longland didn’t want to “pre-empt the judgement” of BDO organisers, who are still in talks with the Queensland Government about keeping the event on the Gold Coast.
“We’re hoping next week to meet the organisers,” he said.
“I believe we have a lot to offer here.”
Councillor Warren Polglase said that the area would jump at the chance to hold the festival if the stars aligned.
“We’ll work our backsides off to get it,” Cr Polglase said.
“The Queensland Government pinches things off us, why shouldn’t we pinch something off them?”
Fasterlouder reports that venues in Brisbane and Byron Bay have been ruled out.