31 August 2023

Beloved Wallaby Creek Festival on track to buy forever home

| Chisa Hasegawa
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A large crowd covering almost the entire frame as they cheer with their arms up. They are all facing off-camera, presumably towards a live act on stage.

Festival goers are treated to live music every year at the Rossville Community Garden.

THE Cape York Folk Club can see the finish line in its quest to purchase a permanent home for its popular annual event, the Wallaby Creek Festival.

The club’s lease agreement at the site on Shipton’s Flat Road in Rossville ends this December, so the club is asking for the community’s continued support through donations and purchases of premium patron packages.

“(The patron package) is integral to helping us raise money to buy the festival site,” Cape York Folk Club president and festival director Jen Midgley said.

She said that the festival was an essential part of the community as one of a few regular annual events that connected local creatives.

Since 2002, Wallaby Creek Festival has featured an impressive lineup of mostly Queensland bands, and is run almost exclusively by passionate volunteers.

“What’s wonderful is that children have grown up in the festival, and now they are coming back as volunteers to continue putting this on for the next generation,” Ms Midgley said.

The Wallaby Creek Festival will be held from September 22 to 24, and donations can be made through their website.

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