Nelson Bay’s Blue Water Country Music Festival trying to break even

Blue Water Country Music Festival Busker Lili Crane on Stockton Street.
Blue Water Country Music Festival Busker Lili Crane on Stockton Street.


ORGANISERS are thankful that the weather held for the 2017 Blue Water Country Music Festival over the June Long Weekend.

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The Blue Water Country Music Festival has been in place since 2006, and over the years has suffered extreme weather events including the storms which grounded the Pasha Bulker ship on Stockton Beach ten years ago.

Peter Clough, the festival organiser working for the Tomaree Business Chamber, told News Of The Area that the organising committee were very pleased that visitors came and that locals got out and about to enjoy the entertainment despite the weather.

“The main ticketed events were booked out including the Beccy Cole concert and the Viper Creek Band show, and the cruises were well received and the feedback was positive,” he said.

“The committee is seeking some fee relief from council as the cost to access Apex Park and close part of Stockton Street is high,” Mr Clough told News Of The Area.

In an open letter to the community, the Chamber stated that, “It is also important to note that the Chamber at best aims to just break even for this event which we believe is for the benefit of local Port Stephens businesses and the profile of Port Stephens as a destination which in turn enhances employment opportunities.”

Mr Clough said, “It is unlikely that we will be able to cover costs made more difficult by Council applying charges of approx. $4,700 for use of Apex Park and the CBD of Nelson Bay .”

The committee has already committed to 2018 when it will be time to once again don our denim our kick up our heels to some great country music.




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