Topics:  bdo, big day out, bundamba racetrack, naughty korner, opinion

Our "Big Day" not beyond possibility

IT WAS a thought that made me chuckle a bit at first, but seriously, the idea of having the Big Day Out might not be as far-fetched as it initially sounds.

The Bundamba Racetrack is well positioned in terms of public transport and the venue itself has got to be almost the same size as the Gold Coast Parklands - where the event has been staged for many years now.

Of course, there were no great surprises in the news that the annual music festival would remain on the glitter strip for at least another five years, but who knows what could happen down the track?

With the recent proliferation in music festivals, what is stopping Ipswich from inventing one of its own?

We came desperately close to having one out at Peak Crossing a couple of years ago - Dinosaur Jr, The Drones and Tumbleweed were booked to play - but it was at a time when festivals in regional areas were dropping like flies.

In the case of the ill-fated Lost Weekend festival, lazy Queensland rock fans simply put off buying tickets for too long and the organisers had to pull out.

But with a bit more promotion and some careful planning - why couldn't a big festival at the racetrack be made to work?

The Bundamba train station is walking distance away, the inner section of the track alone is about 15ha - enough to hold about 50,000 people - and we already know the turf club is more than up to the task of staging a major event.



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