NO RELIEF: No drought relief concert will be held in Emerald.
NO RELIEF: No drought relief concert will be held in Emerald. Rebecca Hafner

Emerald drought concert plan dries up

THE Central Highlands was buzzing when news broke a drought relief concert was being organised in Emerald.

Their curiosity piqued, locals were agog with excitement as they waited eagerly to hear who might be performing in their home town on June 21, with rumours of big names like Tina Arena, John Farnham and other Aussie favourites.

But last week, after months of tireless work trying to get the concert off the ground, it was canned due to a lack of support, ticket sales and funding.

With at least $30,000 to make before the concert could be set in stone, only $1300 was made from ticket pre-sales.

Organiser Amy Mathews from Moranbah was passionate about the Emerald Drought Relief Concert from day one and disappointed to hear the concert may be moved to Brisbane "without a care in the world for the local people".

"It certainly would have been a fantastic night and I know it would have been well supported by not just the locals but Central Queenslanders," she said.

Buy-a-Bale campaign co-ordinator Charles Alder said without support or ticket sales, a concert could not happen in Emerald.


"If we could sell enough tickets and cover expenses, we'd have a concert in Emerald tomorrow," he said.

"But the dollars required to stage the event, about $50,000 just to cover artists and insurance without anything else, cannot be funded by a charity."


Mr Adler said a Brisbane concert wasn't confirmed, but would ensure more money got to the farmers who needed it the most.

"It's the city people who have the funds to support the bush, not the bush supporting the bush, so we need to raise city funds and awareness and spend those funds in the bush," he said.

All money from the pre-sale of tickets has been refunded.

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