CYCLONE VICTIMS TO BENEFIT FROM ROBBIE WILLIAMS CONCERT

Victims of Cyclone Larry will be $250,000 better off thanks to the staging of the Robbie Williams's concert in Brisbane tonight.

Premier Peter Beattie was today presented with a cheque which will be contributed to the Cyclone Larry Relief appeal. The presentation took place at Suncorp Stadium as the final countdown for tonight's big concert continued.

"We had originally planned to stage a concert for the Cyclone Larry Relief Appeal at Suncorp Stadium earlier this year," Mr Beattie said. "Unfortunately the combination of Australian artists overseas during the northern summer and the number of dates that the Stadium was available due to sporting activities meant it was not possible.

"However the Major Sports Facilities Authority, which operates Suncorp Stadium, agreed to forgo payments for the Robbie Williams concert on the basis that they would have otherwise made the Stadium available at no cost for the purpose of staging the Cyclone Larry Benefit Concert. This money will be a terrific boost in helping to continue to rebuild communities affected by Cyclone Larry."

Mr Beattie was joined at Suncorp Stadium today by Glen and Jade Burrows from the Wesley Mission Brisbane.

Wesley Mission is one of Brisbane's longest-established welfare ministries and provides care and comfort to thousands of men, women and children through a network of aged care facilities and community services.

Brother and sister, Glenn and Jade, have both been helped by the Wesley Mission as well as recognised for their own work in the community.

"Glenn and Jade will be joining me at the concert tonight as well as representatives from a number of other charity organisations, including the Salvation Army, Rosies Youth Mission, the Brisbane Youth Service, The Smith Family and St Vincent de Paul. It is a way for us to say thank you for the valuable work they do in our community."

The Minister for Local Government, Planning and Sport, Mr Andrew Fraser, said permission for the Robbie Williams concert has been granted under very strict guidelines, including measures to manage noise, lighting, traffic, transport, parking and crowd behaviour.

"We are confident everything will go smoothly tonight and tomorrow night because we have implemented world best practice in relation to managing noise levels and transport around the stadium and the area," Mr Fraser said.

"I want to thank the local community for their co-operation in getting to this stage - the first concert at Suncorp Stadium - and also take this opportunity to remind local residents that Suncorp management has established a hotline for the two Robbie Williams shows. The hotline is there, not only for residents who might have concerns about noise levels, but also for any other queries or issues they may have."

The hotline number is 3331 5040.

13 December, 2006

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