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  • Rachel Holliday

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    Grass Is Greener confirmed for Cairns Showgrounds


    Breathe easy music fans: the Grass is Greener has found a new home.

    TGIG organisers told TropicNow that the Cairns Showgrounds has been locked in as the venue for the popular music festival on 14 October.

    And they are promising a "bigger and better" event following the disagreement with Cairns Regional Council over staging TGIG at Fogarty Park.

    The sticking point came down to capacity, with TGIG organisers accusing council of "back-flipping" over promised support to expand the crowd to 7000. 

    Councillor Richie Bates weighed into the issue on TropicNow's Facebook page yesterday, blaming his own council officers for the venue change.

    “Fogarty Park has hosted 7000 people on previous occasions and emergency services have indicated that they would approve with the appropriate security and safety measures," Cr Bates wrote.

    "However, the difficulty for the event organisers has been dealing with council. Hence the protracted negotiations and reluctant withdrawal."

    TGIG organisers praised Cr Bates for his support of hosting the event at Fogarty Park, saying council agreed after last year's safe and successful event to grow the event this year.

    “Council has tried every angle to try and stop the event growing but we won't let them,” organisers said.

    “Youth events just don’t exist, they are not on Council’s radar and therefore have no place in the city’s future vision."

    You can click here to register for TGIG tickets.