Recently I had the pleasure of again opening the Apollo Bay Music Festival, where I represented the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Tim Holding. The 18th Apollo Bay Music Festival had something for absolutely every taste and age, with over 70 acts across 11 stages. There were also fantastic local artists from all over Victoria and Australia, including western Victorian artists from Warrnambool, Ocean Grove, Terang and Camperdown.
I would like to make special mention of the management crew, including Caroline Moore, the festival director, who does an amazing job throughout the year. This is not an event that can be easily organised a few months before it is held. Members of the committee, such as Peter Filmore, Anton Tibbits, Christine Marriner and Jill Spencer, deserve high praise for the work that they do.
The Victorian Labor government is pleased to financially support such an exciting festival.