Friday night Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien launched the 6th Biennial Prom Coast Seachange Festival during an event at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre.
Joining him were major sponsor representatives Rob Liley and Llew Vale from the Toora & Foster Community Bank® and Welshpool Agency (Bendigo Bank), Mark Duthie for Esso BHP Billiton and Ray Argento Mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council. Also at the launch were Rachael Lucas and Bec Symons from ABC Gippsland, the festival’s very generous and supportive media partner.
Festival Chair, Deb Bray, welcomed guests and in her speech gave a heartfelt thank you to sponsors, festival committee members, contributing community groups and those who have volunteered time, resources and expertise in generating a festival of 60 events spanning the best part of two weeks.
Lou Vale, Chair of the local Bendigo Bank’s Marketing Committee acknowledged the hard work that goes into the festival and confirmed that, from early on, the bank recognised the festival as a winner for the community and the community’s bank.
“We have been involved with the festival since its inception,” confirmed Mr Vale. “We are proud and grateful to be associated with the festival and we look forward to going from strength to strength together.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by Mark Duthie and Ray Argento, as were references to the growth of the festival over the years and its place as an asset to the region.
In launching the festival, Danny O’Brien drew attention to the festival’s messaging of Celebrating Culture, Creativity, Lifestyle and Landscape and agreed that the festival not only showcases the beauty and the best of what the electorate has to offer but draws people into the community and attracts interest from far and wide.
“The support that goes into this festival provides cultural and economic benefit to the area,” acknowledged Mr O’Brien. “Events like the Prom Coast Seachange Festival give us time to pause, reflect and engage with community and with the region.”
The Prom Coast Seachange Festival continues this week with its final events on Sunday 2 April. For full program information visit www.promcoastseachangefestival.org