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Friday, March 4, 2011

Splendour Set To Sparkle Again In Woodford

Festival followers it's time to dig out your gumboots and warm up that singing voice because Splendour in the Grass is returning to Woodford for 2011.

The three day music and arts event will be held at Woodfordia for a second time this year. After injecting millions of dollars into the community last year it is hoped to again pump much needed life into local businesses. Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Adrian Raedel hopes that local businesses will embrace the festival and the financial advantages.

"I hope all the community get behind this event from Eagle Boys Pizza to Clews News, from the Bed and Breakfasts to our new Visitor Information Centre, this is big news," Mr Raedel said.

After a few hiccups last year regarding traffic and noise Mr Raedel has labelled them as only "teething problems" and is certain that things will run a lot smoother this time around.

While Woodfordia is a temporary location and organisers have plans underway to develop land for a permanent Splendor venue near Byron Bay, this announcement will go some way to helping out the financially embattled Australian Folk Federation (owners of Woodfordia) . The organisation is in dire straights and Moreton Bay  Regional Council is currently in talks over purchasing the land (click here for more).

Local Woodford business owner, Janice Morgan, found that last year the event was 'the talk of the town' and hopes that this year it will experience similar crowd numbers.

"I think it's important for the region to attract these sorts of events," Mrs Morgan said.

Splendour in the Grass will be held from July 29-31 at Woodfordia on Woodrow road, Woodford.