Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Festival promoter Jimmy Budgen says the Kandanga event is here to stay and yesterday welcomed a new State Government commitment to its future.
Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Festival promoter Jimmy Budgen says the Kandanga event is here to stay and yesterday welcomed a new State Government commitment to its future. Craig Warhurst

Kandanga festival brings visitors and cash to Mary Valley

AT only two years old, Kandanga's Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues festival has become a permanent institution, dedicated to bringing visitors and cash to the Mary Valley.

And it seems the Newman Government has seen the community-wide benefits of the event, as part of its plans to make tourism a major pillar of the Queensland economy.

Festival promoter Jimmy Budgen was enthusiastic yesterday as he thanked the government for its recognition of the potentially vital role of events tourism in revitalising the Valley.

He was responding to news that the festival will receive $42,000 towards next year's event.

The grant was announced by Tourism and Major Events Minister Jann Stuckey, who said the festival was one of 52 events which would share $1.4 million in new funding.

The money was made available under the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program, Mr Stuckey said.

Mr Stuckey said the government recognised the role of events in supporting local economies.