THE Prom Coast Seachange Festival goes from strength to strength. It grows in size, reputation and participant numbers, and two big weekends are needed to do justice to the diverse program of events already in the pipeline.
Building on the success of five previous festivals, the enthusiastic organising committee, led by Deb Bray as Chair and Lynne Lyon as Deputy Chair, has met regularly since mid-year to plan next year’s program.
Pivotal to the success of the festival is the support and generosity of its long-standing sponsors the Toora & Foster Community Bank® and Welshpool Agency, 2017’s platinum sponsor, and Esso BHP Billiton as gold sponsor.
“Our local branch of the Bendigo Bank has been with the festival from the very beginning,” said Deb Bray. “In doing so, it has provided tremendous and much appreciated support not just to the festival but importantly to the broader community.”
Branch Manager Rebecca Parker explained that investing in community events like the Prom Coast Seachange Festival is a great example of how banking with a local Community Bank is an investment into the prosperity of the local community.
“It’s one thing to provide banking products and services in our local community, but it’s about what we do beyond banking that makes what we do so much more rewarding.”
“Our longstanding partnership with the Prom Coast Seachange Festival would not be possible without the support of the customers who bank with us. They are the ones that make it possible for us to invest in these types of events for the pleasure and benefit of the local community.”
The festival committee is passionate about providing a structure that is driven from within the community; one that showcases established activities and emerging skill-sets and, importantly, fosters quality events that draw attention to, and celebrate, this magnificent region.
“Strong partnerships with committed sponsors like the Bendigo Bank and Esso BHP Billiton, provide community groups and local businesses with confidence to involve themselves with the festival,” explained Deb Bray.
In previous years the festival has incorporated Anzac Day, but the 2017 festival has been brought forward, taking in the last weekend in March (24-26) and the first weekend in April (1-2).
“Local businesses, community groups, clubs and agencies should think about how the festival might work in delivering benefits for them,” said Deb Bray. “The program is taking shape, but we’re still keen to hear from anyone who’d like to be involved in the festival.”
Keep up to date with progress and news by visiting the festival website www.promcoastseachangefestival.org or via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Deb Bray can be contacted on 0428 393 786.