Team Cooloola from Hervey Bay could be back next year, after an announcement the Pub Fest will stay.
Team Cooloola from Hervey Bay could be back next year, after an announcement the Pub Fest will stay. Nat Bromhead

Mayor: Pub Fest won't be killed

PUB Fest will be back by popular demand next year, according to the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

After billing this year's event as The Last Shout, the council is now planning to rethink its position.

“The Fraser Coast Regional Council is not trying to kill off the Pub Fest,” Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger said.

“Council has always recognised and promoted the economic benefits that the event brings to the town and has argued these strongly each year in order to gain sponsorship support, State Government funding and to defend the event against a small number of complaints.”

He said the organising committee and participating pubs would meet next week to discuss ideas on how to make the event happen next year, and what format the event will take on.

“Our message has been that this is the last year that the event will be run in this format – an open statement made to allow the community and participating publicans to debate and decide on what the event should look like in 2012,” Mr Kruger said.

“If people have ideas on how the event should be run next year they can complete an online survey at www.worldsgreatestpubfest.com.au or contact council on 1300 794 929.”

Carriers Arms Hotel publican Gary Gilbert welcomed the news.

“It's great that we can have it again,” he said.

“But I don't know what changes they need to make – this year's event went really well, there was nothing I would change. It's just a wonderful day.”

Lamington Hotel owner Julie Treacy said this year's crawl was very successful for her venue, and she would be keen to join in the fun all over again next year.

“We had no problems at all. Everyone had a good day and was well behaved,” Mrs Treacy said.



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