Rise and Shine concert a welcome relief for families
EDITORIAL: The Rise and Shine concert at Maryborough Showgrounds was a great opportunity for the Fraser Coast's stressed out families to let their hair down and have some fun.
The incredible turn-out shows how badly we needed that opportunity.
The past few years have been a tough time for most people across the region and, for many, there has been little money to splash around on entertainment and luxuries.
The announcement of 10 free community concerts came as a surprise from the Premier's office.
This is, after all, the man who slashed funding for arts programs like the Premier's Literary Awards, the Fanfare concerts and youth music programs within a short time of being elected.
But it seems Campbell Newman has come to realise the arts are not just an indulgence.
Simple pleasures like listening to great live music with a group of friends can make all the difference to morale.
The event's organisers say the Fraser Coast crowds were among the best they've seen, with the audience ready to get in the groove to Aussie favourites Mental and Anything as well as a heap of other acts.
I believe it was not just the great line-up that made the event such a success.
It was because the concert celebrated something the Fraser Coast has in spades: community spirit.