Volunteers celebrate their input into the Caloundra Music Festival’s success
  • Friday 29 October 2010

The recent Caloundra Music Festival delivered on its promise to go ahead come rain, hail or shine with big name acts like Powderfinger, Jet, Jimmy Barnes and Paul Kelly performing in the most treacherous weather conditions imaginable for this time of the year.

Festival Director Richie Eyles said none of it would have been possible without the mammoth efforts of the 250 plus festival volunteers who stood in the rain and wind for three days - and now its time to celebrate their input towards the festival’s success.

“Delivering an event of this nature requires months of hard work and commitment from its volunteers, even under ideal conditions and this year’s near cyclonic conditions meant the volunteers really had to dig deep,” Richie Eyles said.

“Some of them stood in the rain collecting tickets while everyone else was enjoying the music - and then they turned around and picked up the rubbish in the mud when everyone went home", he said.

"The only reason we can deliver such high quality acts at such a reasonable price is because of the contribution by volunteers".

“For example, one of the festival's biggest supporters is Alistair Gillett of Gillett Electrical who voluntarily gives his time - and that of his staff - to set up all the electrical supplies at the festival.

"Alistair and his staff put in a good two weeks worth of work setting up the generators, powering up the stages, the sound and lighting equipment as well as the food stalls and kids activities.”

"They kept it all running safely through four days of record rainfall which was nothing short of a miracle.”

Mr. Gillett said he does it to support the community because if we want to live in a great place, we need to all pull together to build events of this nature.

"It's great to be able to sit back and see so many people enjoying the music, knowing I have been a part of a great team that made it happen,” Mr. Gillett said.

The Caloundra Music Festival Volunteers will unwind at a function being held at the Kings Beach Tavern on Sunday 31 October - there is no cost to the function, band plays for free, and the tavern has donated the room for free.

Bob Abbot and the Green Machine, who gave up their stage spot at the festival to allow Paul Kelly to perform on the indoor stage, will entertain the volunteers from 7:30pm.