Mildura Weekly : Friday May 16 2014 Vol 8 No 28
www.milduraweekly.com.au 16 Mildura Weekly – 16/05/14 All set for One big show • From Page 3 “From what we know Mildu- ra is essentially booked out,” he said. “While we anticipate that there may be a few last-minute cancellations, essentially there are very few ‘rooms’ left in the region. “We’ve even had reports of accommodation in Wentworth, Ouyen and Lake Cullulleraine being booked out, so a big crowd is certainly expected. “Most businesses have been quick to come up with specials surrounding the One Night Stand, in general this is a won- derful multiple-layered opportu- nity to promote our region.” Mr Trowbridge said Mildura Tourism planned on learning from the One Night Stand event, with the goal to develop strate- gies to attract the younger demo- graphic back to the region in the future. “What we’re doing is re- searching how much will be injected back into the commu- nity,” he said. “We’ll be talking to visi- tors, gauging what their level of spending has been and where they have spent money, and es- sentially try to find how we can encourage this demographic to return. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that we need to cap- italise on, as it’s an opportunity to leave people with a broader appreciation of the region.” Cr Milne said that it was his hope that One Night Stand would be the first of many trips for young visitors. “The truth is that while a lot of the visitors to the region this weekend are kids here to see some bands, in five years time we hope that they will remem- ber Mildura and want to come back,” he said. “We want the region to stick in these young people’s minds, and in the future create a pattern of regular visits over a lifetime.” ONE NIGHT STAND Mildura MILDURA Rural City Council is advising visi- tors and locals to be mindful of congested roads and increased traf- fic around Mildura’s riverfront during tomor- row’s One Night Stand event. Car parking is also tipped to be limited dur- ing the concert, with speed zones to be restrict- ed to 40km/h from to- morrow morning around the Nowingi Place pre- cinct. Police will be on hand to help enforce new traf- fic conditions, with driv- ers encouraged to be mindful of the increased level of road and foot traffic around Nowingi Place and Seventh Street. Concert-goers are en- couraged to avoid driv- ing to the venue, and are instead encouraged to utilise Council’s desig- nated drop-off/pick-up zone – located at the car park at the top entrance to Nowingi Place (off Sev- enth Street). The drop-off/pick-up zone will be managed at all times with traffic controllers, signage and barricades, with concert- goers alternatively en- couraged to be dropped off in Mildura’s CBD, where they will be able to walk to the venue or catch one of the many shut- tle busses in operation throughout the night. These special One Night Stand shuttles aim to ensure people get to and from the concert safely, with a one-way ticket to cost $2. A number of roads around Nowingi Place will also be closed throughout the concert to help accommodate the large crowds, includ- ing Hugh King Drive be- tween the Mildura Wharf and the boat ramp from 12pm today to 2pm on Sunday. Langtree Avenue (Feast Street) will also be closed between Seventh Street and Eighth Street from 2pm to 2am on Sat- urday, while Eighth Street between Orange Avenue and Risbey Lane will close from 4pm Saturday to 3am on Sunday. Those wishing to drive to the concert are advised to park away from the venue to avoid congestion, with a num- ber of free spaces to be made available around the CBD. A range of local com- munity groups and sport- ing clubs will be selling food and drinks within the concert venue, with no ATMs available on site. Road closures, and drop- off zones MILDURA Police will utilise sniff- er dogs, mounted police and extra officers this weekend to ensure large crowds attending Triple J’s One Night Stand concert are not only well behaved, but remain safe. Close to 15,000 people from all corners of Australia are ex- pected to attend the drug and alcohol-free event, with Mildura Police Senior Sergeant Stephen Phelan, PICTURED, saying extra officers – including members of the dog squad and mounted po- lice – would arrive in Mildura this weekend for the event. “We will be working hard to ensure everyone has a great time and behaves in an acceptable manner,” he said. “We’re not the ‘fun-police’ – we want to see everyone having a ball. “Just make sure your actions don’t ruin the night for someone else.” Snr Sgt Phelan said police would be cracking down hard on those trying to sneak drugs or al- cohol into the event. “We are also encouraging con- cert attendees to be sensible on the road – it’s going to be busy, and we won’t tolerate speeding, overloading or drink driving. “We want locals and visitors to make it home safely.” Police are also reminding those residents not attending the event to take care on roads near Nowingi Place, and to be aware of the many people in town who will be unfamiliar with Mildura’s streets. Community Development and Safety Councillor Ali Cup- per said police and Council were working hard to ensure the con- cert runs as smoothly as possible. “If you are thinking of coming along to cause trouble, then don’t bother coming at all,” she said. “Unruly behaviour won’t be tolerated – this is an all ages event, and we want everyone to have a great time in a safe envi- ronment.” Increased police presence Market on the move WITH the One Night Stand event taking over the Nowingi Place precinct tomorrow, regular pa- trons of the popular Sunraysia Farmers’ Market – which will also be held tomorrow – are advised that the event will make a tempo- rary move to Jaycee Park with Eco- nomic Development and Tourism Councillor John Arnold thanking Sunraysia Farmers Market stall- holders and organisers in advance for their flexibility and willing- ness to embrace the opportunity to reach a new audience. All the usual Sunraysia Farm- ers Market businesses will be in attendance, with the market run- ning from its normal time of 8am. More information is available by visiting www.sunraysiafarmers- market.com.au.
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