Festival to give back to region
PROCEEDS from the annual Earth Frequency Festival have been donated to community groups in an effort to help strengthen the relationship between festival-goers and locals.
Despite some members of the Peak Crossing community protesting against the festival, organiser Paul Abad said he has been working hard to ensure the event left a positive mark on the region.
Each year the festival, held at Ivory's Rock, attracts upwards of 5000 people.
Mr Abad said he was proud to announce the groups who would benefit from the inaugural EFF Community Fund.
"This fund is a direct donation from the festival to the local community, independent of other local area fundraising activities done by local charities and community groups at the festival,” he said.
"In its first year the EFF Community Fund has raised $6700.
"Rather than donating the community fund money to a specific organisation, Earth Frequency has overseen a committee being formed consisting of various community leaders and residents to decide on the allocation of funds from the applications we received.”
The 2016 EFF Community Fund has been allocated to the following projects.
$3000 - to be used to repaint the Purga Community Hall and School buildings, as a joint project between the Purga Friends Association and Purga Country Women's Association
$2000 - to be used to create a Buddy Bench at the Peak Crossing State School. This bench will be used to help new kids or any kids who might need a friend or some support by enabling them to sit at the Buddy Bench to find a buddy!
$800 - to be used for a paper folding machine for the Harrisville Neighbourhood Watch group. This is a volunteer-driven initiative and the time required to fold and send the newsletter is considerable.
We'll be helping the Neighbourhood Watch get their message out quicker and easier.
Mr Abad said the fund would be an annual initiative with different organisations benefiting each year.
"The (fund) will deliver assistance to worthy local area projects as another positive outcome from the festival,” he said.
"We would like to thank the community groups for their support and the committee members for their time.”
The festival will be be held on February 17-20, 2017.