DALLAS Dyer and Cassie Banks enjoying the 2017-18 Woodford Folk Festival. Changes are in store for this year.
DALLAS Dyer and Cassie Banks enjoying the 2017-18 Woodford Folk Festival. Changes are in store for this year. contributed

The survey that's changed festival for the better

DISCOUNTED early bird tickets to the Woodford Folk Festival have gone on sale as organisers release details of a survey of patrons which has driven a series of changes to the award-winning Christmas-New Year annual event.

Early bird tickets went on sale at noon with the promise of new venues, changed layouts and a refreshed entertainment program.

The festival has removed the New Year's Eve ticket premium and reduce prices generally with the greatest focus on youth tickets.

Vehicle parking fees have been retain but the rates reduced.

The survey of more than 2200 patrons of the 2017-18 festival followed an infrastructure funding agreement with the Queensland Government and Moreton Bay Regional Council which would deliver a three-year program of work.

CELEBRATION OF COLOUR AND FUN: Charlee and Kerry-Anne Bowyer from Gympie at last year's Woodford Folk Festival.
CELEBRATION OF COLOUR AND FUN: Charlee and Kerry-Anne Bowyer from Gympie at last year's Woodford Folk Festival. John McCutcheon

Projects already under way include vital upgrades to the water treatment and wastewater treatment plants, upgraded sewer and water lines in the festival precinct, electrical distribution works, construction of new amenities and replacement of the Ponte Grande bridge.

"We believe that the health of a people and place can be measured by its ability to engage, create, express and celebrate,” director Bill Hauritz and general manager Amanda Jacque said in a release.

"For so many of us, Woodford is not just a festival, it is a movement, a campaign for a better, healthier world. It's task is to reignite the connections we have with each other and our environment. We're excited and honoured to co-create with you and a great array of incredible artists.”

In response to the survey feedback the festival has promised to be louder on climate change and human rights particularly those of Australia's First Nations' people, to maintain a focus on the Great Barrier Reef and to give greater opportunity to Australian artists and presenters.

"We have listened to your feedback and understand that our 17/18 ticket price increase at the same time as introducing the vehicle/parking fees and a premium on New Year's Eve tickets was too much,” the festival has acknowledged.

"We have removed the NYE premium and have made some decreases in ticket prices especially in youth prices.  

"While we're retaining the car parking fees (at the last festival a third of Season Camping vehicles parked outside the shaded camp grounds), these vehicle/parking fees have also been reduced.”



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