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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12802

Ms O'BYRNE —I rise today to offer my wholehearted congratulations to the organisers of Gone South, which was a youth orientated musical festival held in Launceston on Saturday. This concert showcased the talents of local high school bands and big name acts such as Killing Heidi, Grimspoon, Paul Kelly, Powderfinger and silverchair. It is the first concert of this size to be held in northern Tasmania and was much appreciated by the some 12,000 people who attended it. I want to point out that of those 12,000 people the majority were aged in their teens or early 20s, so some members of parliament felt particularly old. Particular congratulations must go to those people in the audience who were impeccably behaved during the 13-hour concert in quite some heat and quite some queues at times.

The Launceston City Council is to be congratulated for supporting the event, which was held at the Inveresk rail yards, a site that has emerged as a social hub of Launceston thanks to its development funded originally by Better Cities funding. In particular, I must pass my congratulations to the promoter, Charles Touber, and the coordinator, Mark Walsh, all of the security and the catering staff and especially St John Ambulance for their hard work and commitment to this youth event. Young people are often criticised in our community and their normal answer is: `You don't give us enough to do, so this is probably why you have problems with us.' This event showcased just how much they appreciate access to youth orientated events. (Time expired)