Published on : Monday, March 2, 2020
There are thousands of Victorians from bushfire-affected parts of the state and emergency service workers will get the chance to hear international superstar Katy Perry roar as part of a free concert to be held in Bright next week.
The Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula confirmed that the Andrews Labour Government had worked with the U.S. performer to organise the one-off Alpine event after Perry had made her wishes known that she wanted to reach out to people affected by the summer’s bushfires.
The locals from the bushfire-affected town of Corryong will be bussed to and from the FIGHT ON performance at Pioneer Park on Wednesday, 11 March, which will follow the Brighter Days Festival from 6-8 March. The tickets to the performance will be allocated to bushfire-affected communities through local shires in the north east, and emergency services agencies.
The bushfire concert is being supported by Visit Victoria, the ICC T20 World Cup, TEGDainty, 160over90 and the Brighter Days Festival. It will follow Perry’s performance at the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup final at the MCG on Sunday, 8 March – International Women’s Day.
The Labor Government is backing the regional tourism industry with initiatives including increased marketing activities from Visit Victoria to entice intrastate, interstate and international visitors, a Bushfire Recovery round of the Regional Events Fund, and the Business & Sport for Bushfire Recovery programme.
The Government has allocated more than $270 million to help Victorian communities recover and rebuild in the wake of the summer’s bushfires. The Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said that he is very thankful to Katy for offering to put on this free show for communities that have been affected by bushfires. It will be incredibly exciting for many people who have had a really tough summer, and it recognises the outstanding efforts of our emergency services.
The Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said that the High Country is rebounding after a very trying summer and this concert will provide a tremendous boost to the community – including workers and local businesses.