Party on: Festival Management Committee chairman Steve Archdeacon says the group is looking for a new festival name and will turn to the public to help out.
Party on: Festival Management Committee chairman Steve Archdeacon says the group is looking for a new festival name and will turn to the public to help out.

Name wanted for new Tweed festival

RESIDENTS will get the chance to name Wintersun's replacement festival.

The naming competition was just one of the initiatives to come out of the first meeting on Monday night of the Festival Management Committee, tasked with developing a new winter nostalgia festival to replace Wintersun.

Committee chairman Steve Archdeacon said 40,000 flyers would be distributed next week to promote the new event and competition, which would offer prizes worth up to $1000 and a week's accommodation in Coolangatta as incentives.

“We're looking for feedback on what people want and don't want,” Mr Archdeacon said.

“We want to put it out to the people who will be at Wintersun this year.

“Everything is moving forward with preparations. We're happy with the way things are going.”

Mr Archdeacon, owner of Cafe D-Bar at Point Danger, was named chairman last week along with an 11-person committee.

He said the new committee would look at what local businesses would be able to offer to the new event.

“It won't be what the event can do for the businesses but what the businesses can do for the new event,” he said.

Mr Archdeacon said other topics discussed included getting more schools involved.

“It may not just be one event, but a series of events promoted under the name,” he said.

“It won't just be for the rock 'n' rollers. It's a good opportunity to showcase the area a lot better.”

Last month, Wintersun organisers announced 2010 would be the last year for the foreseeable future the event would be held in Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.

A three-year-deal with the New South Wales

Government will see the festival travel regional areas of the State.

The first stop is Port Macquarie next year.

Speaking on the new committee, Mr Archdeacon said it was a good mix of experience.

“We've got a lot of new and old faces, two of our members have experience on the old Wintersun committee,” he said.

Nominations for the committee were called a week ago at a public meeting at the Coolangatta Hotel where 200 local residents and business owners attended.



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