IF YOU thought Riverboats has been smacking them out of the park, you won’t be surprised to discover the Australian Tourism Awards agree.
On Friday night, after a sellout 2018 event in Echuca’s Aquatic Reserve, the Riverboats Music Festival won the gold medal at the 2017 Australian Tourism Awards – in the festivals and events category.
Having contributed about $2.34 million to our local economy annually, the national award recognises the financial boost Riverboats delivers regional tourism as well as the outstanding coordination, organisation and features of the event.
After winning the state award in 2017, festival director David Frazer and his Riverboats team were automatically nominated for the national award.
“It was completely unexpected and really humbling,” Mr Frazer told The Riverine Herald yesterday.
“We work for 12 months on this festival so we are really proud of the achievement.
“We work so hard on the event to be able to show off the region and the broader Murray area.
“It’s great exposure and really puts Echuca-Moama on the festival map.
“We’re just going to keep doing what we always do.”
The past seven years have seen some incredible music talent from around Australia take to the Riverboats stage, including The Cat Empire, Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and last weekend’s Neil and Liam Finn and Kasey Chambers.
Mr Frazer said Riverboats brings world-class music to the local stage alongside the river and surrounded by the reserve’s majestic red gums.
- Kimberley Price