Nambucca Shire’s Cancer Resource Centre will be one step closer if beer and music lovers celebrate the 2006 October long weekend at The Pub With No Beer Brewery Festival. This year’s Festival is the first initiative in a major fund-raising drive to build the Cancer Resource Centre, and all profits from ticket sales will go towards the cause, with a target of 10,000 people and $350,000.
Along with its fund-raising focus, the Festival has been reinvigorated. Due to popular demand, it has been expanded beyond its country music roots, with the new The Pub With No Beer Brewery Festival promising to be a major world-class event. Visitors will be entertained by leading Australian acts including Jimmy Barnes, the Hoodoo Gurus and Rose Tattoo, in addition to local and up-and-coming acts.
Owner of The Pub With No Beer Brewery and Festival organiser, Murray Howe, calls the Festival “an enormous shot in the arm – both for an essential health service and the area itself.”
“Not only is this Festival jam-packed with big names, great music and fun family activities, we are helping realise a long-held dream of the Nambucca Valley Cancer Support Group for the area in the form of the Cancer Resource Centre,” Mr Howe says.
“After much planning and consultation, the land for the centre has been identified, so we want to act fast to live out this dream. We urge the North Coast community – and beyond – to get behind the Festival and know that while having fun, you’re also supporting a fantastic cause. In addition, the Festival helps showcase this magnificent area and what we have to offer. Such leading Aussie bands can only enhance the attributes and atmosphere of the Mid North Coast.”
More than $750,000 is needed to build the Cancer Resource Centre in the next two to three years. The Centre will be an important one-stop shop for people of the Nambucca Valley. It will provide information on cancer, be a location for medical and allied health professionals, a base for cancer support groups and a venue for community health events such as The Biggest Morning Tea and Daffodil Day.
Margaret Bennett, General Manager of the Coffs/Clarence Network of the NCAHS (North Coast Area Health Service) says: “We have been working with the Nambucca Valley Cancer Support Group for a number of years to establish the Cancer Resource Centre. I’m incredibly grateful to The Pub With No Beer Brewery for helping get the centre off the ground. I’ll be going along to the festival and I hope lots of other people in the area will also be there to help raise as much as we can for this vital community resource.”
For the Cancer Support Group, the Cancer Resource Centre will be a “dream come true.”
“We’ve tried to do this before, but it’s ended up in the too hard basket,” explains Irene Rowsell, President of the Nambucca Valley Cancer Support Group and a cancer survivor. “We’d like to thank the Pub With No Beer Brewery for their support. Without their wonderful offer we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this. It will be a great benefit for the whole community.
“Currently we’re meeting in a little hall that’s close to the highway, is noisy and is used by other groups as well. And we’ve had to rent a shed for all our equipment. So the dedicated Cancer Resource Centre will be a real godsend.”
The Pub With No Beer Festival was a regular event on the country music calendar in the early 1980s and attracted thousands of country music fans – both locals and tourists – who came to enjoy the music and soak up the community atmosphere, as well as the experience of visiting the authentic bush Pub. After languishing for 20 years due to financial constraints, the Festival was revived in Easter 2005 and its success was reflected in the achievement of multiple NSW Tourism and North Coast Tourism awards.
This year, the new-look The Pub With No Beer Brewery Festival will feature a huge range of family activities throughout the whole October long weekend, from Saturday 30 September till Monday 2 October. The main Festival day will be on Saturday 30 September, with a day-long concert starring top-shelf acts.
Tickets will be available from 1 April from Ticketek, The Pub With No Beer Brewery and selected other retail outlets .
Free camping is available on-site at Taylors Arm!
For further information contact:
The Pub With No Beer Brewery
Tel: 65 64 2100