CONCERT CAP TO INCREASE

The number of concert allowed each year at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will be increased from four to six after wide-ranging public consultation.

Acting Premier Curtis Pitt said following eight weeks of community consultation there was overwhelming support for more concerts which will boost the local business economy.

Mt Pitt said the survey was a thorough exercise in public consultation and the outcome is very clear – Queenslanders want the chance to see more of the world’s biggest stars come to Brisbane.

“Almost 4,300 people completed the Queensland Government online survey and more than 83 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that Suncorp Stadium should be allowed to stage more than four concerts each year,” Mr Pitt said.

“By working together with the local community we can deliver six events each year and more opportunities for local tourism and local businesses which support these major events.

“We want to see more international performers and headline acts coming to Brisbane.”

Mr Pitt said 73 per cent of local residents from Milton, Paddington, Toowong, Mount Coot-tha, Auchenflower, Bardon and the Brisbane City areas voted for more concerts as part community consultations.

Minister for Sport and Racing Bill Byrne said the Queensland Government will now work closely with residents and businesses in the surrounding suburbs to ensure all possible steps are put in place to allow the additional concerts to take place with minimal disruption.

“When I launched the public consultation exercise in April I said hosting stars like U2, Foo Fighters and Taylor Swift helped to raise Brisbane’s international profile and brought significant economic benefits,” Mr Byrne said.

“It is now clear that Queenslanders not only agree with that, but they think the Suncorp Stadium is a great venue for live music with almost 80 per cent of respondents saying that attending a concert at Suncorp Stadium enhanced the entertainment experience.

“The Palaszczuk Government decided to consult with the people of Brisbane after an increase in demand by promoters saw the cap reached for the first time this year since it was imposed in 2006.

“Effectively we had to turn away AC/DC because of the cap and like a lot of AC/DC fans, I was very disappointed.”

The Queensland Government will now work with Stadiums Queensland and other stakeholders to ensure the new concert cap for Suncorp Stadium is in place for 2016.

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