|House of Assembly - Thursday, 7 April 2011, Page 3394|
|ONE NIGHT STAND CONCERT|
Mr TRELOAR (Flinders) (15:30): Today, I would like to talk briefly about an event that was held recently in my electorate in the seaside town of Tumby Bay. It was as a result of a well-known radio station, Triple J, taking its One Night Stand concert to one of the country areas in South Australia. Tumby Bay was lucky enough to win the right to host that event, and they did a truly wonderful job of it.
The crowd who came to Tumby Bay and celebrated on the town oval was estimated to be about 10,000 people. There were three great Australian bands. I have a new favourite band: Art vs. Science is my new favourite band. They were very good; I did not realise that until I had been to the concert. I would like to pay particular tribute to a local West Coast talent, Joshy Willo, otherwise known as Josh Williams who was unearthed and had the opportunity to broadcast live across Australia. It was a real thrill for him, his family and a lot of the locals who had come along to see him perform that day. He grew up originally not far from Elliston.
Tumby Bay turned on its usual hospitality with food, fun and families catered for. People came from all over the Eyre Peninsula, from Adelaide and even, as I understand it, from interstate, to be at the concert. It is an extraordinary boost to the town's economy. There has been an estimate by council that approximately $2 million was injected into the local economy to businesses, clubs and accommodation. Indeed, a lot of the local service clubs and sporting clubs had the opportunity to run services, barbecue stands, cool drinks and that sort of thing, and it was a wonderful fundraising opportunity for them. Some of those clubs reported their biggest profit day ever, so it was a good opportunity to them.
I felt that it was putting Tumby Bay on the map for all the right reasons. The crowd was extremely well-behaved. My wife and I attended along with our four children, three of whom are teenagers, so they very much enjoyed the show
Mr Pederick: What was the mosh pit like?
Mr TRELOAR: Annette and I did get halfway into the mosh pit, member for Hammond. I am glad you asked. We got about halfway in. I was not game to go any further. I wanted to go crowd-surfing but could not find anyone to lift me, so that was my great disappointment. I digress.
One of the things that did strike me about the crowd was the age group that attended. It was a rock concert, but the ages really were from 7 to 70. I know that because I saw all age groups attending and having a good time. The overall planning was done by the council under the watchful eye of its new CEO, Tony Irvine. Tony has had experience with catering and organising events previous to this, so I would congratulate him and his council on the work they did organising, managing the night and cleaning up afterwards.
Certainly, there was a policy of no drugs or alcohol at the event, and security and police presence was evident. Absolutely I can say that the crowd was very well behaved, so congratulations to Tumby Bay. They can be justifiably proud of their hosting of that event.
In the time that remains to me, I would like to touch very briefly on another issue.
I thought I would do a little bit of research on how this time zone and particular situation arose. I have discovered that, prior to 1895, South Australian time was set at the meridian of Adelaide. Following that, it was for a time aligned with the meridian of 135 east, which lies in the geographical centre of the state. The discussion is around, again, with the flagging of a motion in the other place.