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Change of venue for music and arts festival

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Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to announce that Backyard Fest, a weekend music and arts festival scheduled to take place in November, has been relocated to the Newstead Racecourse and Recreation Reserve.

Friday 14 April 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council is pleased to announce that Backyard Fest, a weekend music and arts festival scheduled to take place in November, has been relocated to the Newstead Racecourse and Recreation Reserve.

The festival, which was originally planned to be held in Elphinstone, was granted approval (subject to conditions) by Council at its Meeting of Council on 16 February.

After the decision, opponents to the proposal subsequently referred Council's decision to VCAT for review, a delay which had the potential to force the event’s cancellation. Given the commitment of Councillors to hold the event, Council staff and event organisers have been working together to find a suitable alternative venue.

“This Council believes a creative, connected community like ours should make the effort to ensure there are events and entertainment for all parts of the community,” said Tony Cordy, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“A music and arts festival is something that everyone can enjoy, with the added benefit of bringing in a new cohort of visitors to our beautiful shire.

“The Newstead Racecourse and Recreation Reserve is an ideal venue for the event, and used to hosting large scale events, such as Chopped and Newstead Swap Meet.

“The 80-acre site features camping facilities, and shower and toilet blocks, making it ideal for the event. The Committee of Management for the Racecourse is also eager to bring events back to the site after the challenges of the past year.

“It’s also a positive opportunity to promote artistic talent, bring people together and help grow tourism to the shire,” said Mayor Cordy.

Backyard Fest will be held from Friday 12 – Sunday 14 November 2021 at Newstead Racecourse and Recreation Reserve, and will showcase bands and DJs, with live performances, yoga and art installations.



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