Sunshine Coast Mayor rules out private operator for troubled Caloundra Music Festival

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Sunshine Coast Mayor Rosanna Natoli has ruled out bringing in a private operator for the Caloundra Music Festival, which was cancelled this year.

The Sunshine Coast Council threw the music festival a $275,000 per year funding lifeline last year, but it was not enough to prevent this year’s hiatus after lower than expected attendance figures in 2023 combined with rising operational costs.

Last year’s festival attracted over 21,000, many thousands less than pre-pandemic attendance figures which were often more than 30,000.

Councillor Maria Suarez was in favour at looking at all options for delivery of the festival including a private entity taking it over.

But Mayor Natoli said that was not an avenue they wanted to pursue at present.

“This is not something we are actively considering currently, and any funding model would ultimately be a decision of council,” Natoli told the Courier Mail.