Council helping to keep Originals on the Coast
  • Thursday 03 December 2009

Council is working to ensure that the concept around the much-loved Peregian Originals continues, despite having outgrown its current home at Peregian Beach Foreshore Park.

The twice monthly Sunday concerts, organised by Jay Bishoff, are hugely successful, often attracting more than 1000 music lovers to the beachfront park.

As the park was not built to host regular events of this size, council and event organisers are working together to find ways for the free concerts to continue at alternative locations. Options being considered include bringing the concert to a wider Sunshine Coast audience by changing the venue on a fortnightly basis.

While alternatives are discussed – and to give time to prepare for the relaunch of the new format – the concerts will take a break during the Christmas and holiday period, with the last concert of the year held on Sunday, 20 December 2009.

Division 11 Councillor Russell Green said council has actively and financially supported the Peregian Originals concerts since their inception in 2000, but had to consider the purpose of the reserve and the impact on the local community.

“The Originals has a wide following in the community and is a favourite amongst families,” Cr Green said. “It’s because of its success that it has outgrown its current home.”

The Peregian community has been very supportive and tolerant of the frequency of the concerts, the impacts from the influx of people and the amplified music.

“But the use is far greater than would normally be expected in a park such as this,” he said.

“The space is struggling with the environmental impact on the park and all other requirements such as car parking together with the substantial impact on the local community and residents.”

Cr Green said council wants to see this vibrant event continue across a number of suitable locations that would create the unique ambience associated with the Originals. Sites that may be suitable for further consideration include the existing site at Peregian on a rotational basis with other potential options such as Noosa Woods, Jack Morgan Park, Eumundi, Lake McDonald to name a few. These sites would have to be explored more thoroughly in conjunction with the organisers to gauge their potential, he said.

“Council acknowledges that the Originals is a popular event on the music calendar and that it provides an important outlet for local musicians to perform,” Cr Green said.