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Businesses will suffer if music festival is canned

AGNES Water community members aren't the only ones feeling the pain from the dumping of the Blues and Roots Festival.

Cafes, retail stores, restaurants, petrol stations and hotels will be hit hard if the Discovery Coast Tourism and Commerce group does not raise enough funds to host the annual festival.

Gladstone Regional Council this week canned the event.

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Jodie Crawford's Latino Cafe is one of the shops that relies on the February event.

"Now the council has pulled out on it, we are sort of nothing anymore," she said.

"It's all Gladstone and not Agnes. It brings a lot of money to the town and if it's called off, it's three days we don't get.

"A lot of people come from a lot of different places and you get the bikies and families who stay in the caravan parks."

Pavillions on 1770 co-manager John Mewing said it was a shame to see it go.

"We sponsored it and were fully in support of it; we discounted our accommodation," he said.

"We are very disappointed council pulled out of it."

Mr Mewing said the sudden nature of the cancellation was not something he agreed with.

"Council shouldn't pull all their funding in one hit," Mr Mewing said.

"If they want it to be fully supported, well phase it out over time. It's too abrupt."

The event brought in business to Pavillions at an otherwise quiet time of year.

"We would be fully booked with it. It's going to have an effect."

Topics:  agnes water blues and roots festival, gladstone business, music festival, small business




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