BETWEEN 3pm and 11pm on Saturday, April 1, the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association (WB&TA) will be running its inaugural Laneway Festival.
No, it’s not an April Fool’s Day joke!
It’s going to be way more fun than that.
But what the WB&TA needs is your help.
They are looking for community minded business people that would like the opportunity to help Wonthaggi and this festival grow.
And to that end, WB&TA Vice President
Terry Earl has issued a notice calling for help.
“Although this event is our inaugural festival, we are estimating that we will attract about 4000 people over the course of the day and evening,” said Terry in a communique to members.
“Our aim is to bring the Wonthaggi community together and show case the amazing artists, musicians, dance groups, food, art and craft groups that we have on our door step, and we are really encouraging local businesses to get involved in the festival.”
The business group is looking for major event sponsorship of $1000 from 10 local or visiting businesses and several event sponsorships of $500; not only to book the bands and the entertainment but also to make an investment in the first festival so that it can begin to fund itself.
Major sponsorship will secure a logo displayed on the main stage and on banners located throughout the festival, plus you’ll be included on thousands of printed materials as well.
Event sponsorship is equally attractive.
But there are dozens of other ways you might help as well.
The WB&TA sent out a message to members last week to give them an idea of the vast amount of activities that will occur throughout the day and evening. “We are still yet to finalise other activities that will also be happening throughout the day,” said Terry.
“Whilst we have successfully applied for a Bass Coast Shire Council grant of $10,000 (which is fantastic!), we were not successful with two other similar size grants we had applied for. Consequently, we find ourselves short of much-needed funds. Put simply, the more funds we have, the bigger and better the festival will be!
“This is going to be a huge annual event that we know will grow in size each year and the benefits to our community will be enormous but it’s a matter of making a start this year.”
Terry said that not only would sponsorship help the festival take off but it’s also an opportunity to promote your business via the Laneway Festival.
Contact any of the following WB&TA officials Dee Connell 0409 631 923, Terry Earl 0417 865 532 or Leah Montebello 0427 587 104 for details.

Event to have X-Factor

a number of musicians are set to take over Wonthaggi’s laneways on Saturday April 1 from 3pm until 11pm.
X-Factor finalist Timmy Knowles leads the way, along with female singer/songwriter Kit Watts, blues guitarist and singer Lloyd Spiegel, roots, reggae and blues performer Rhys Crimmin, and roots rock singer/songwriter Turk Tresize.
The school artwork project is underway, with six businesses including Wonthaggi Veterinary Clinic, Brian Paynter’s office, One Stop Shop, Oak Tree Boutique, Trimmer Tree and TS Constructions sponsoring the project.
Each school involved in the project will be given a business and will create artwork based on the business.
The artwork will be superimposed onto a 4.8m by 2.4m banner to be displayed on a wall at the festival.
Gourmet donuts, a gourmet mac and cheese van and twisty potatoes are some of the food available so far, but there’s still a few spots left for food vendors.
Local produce and arts and crafts suppliers are also encouraged to get involved.
It will be a huge weekend in Wonthaggi.
The festival will coincide with the opening round of the Motocross Nationals at Wonthaggi on Sunday, April 2, with riders visiting the festival.
There will be amusement rides at Apex Park, as seen at the Island Summer Carnival.