Up Close And Personal In Tamborine …
For over two days, working farm, ‘Woodstock’ on Plunkett Road, was a hive of a different kind of activity. A Super Tent went up, stage and lighting system installed, chairs and tables placed – don’t forget the bar – a complete fitout on the 302 acre property in preparation for headline act, Ian Moss, to be presented by Youth Enterprise Trust (YET).
Many years ago, through a significant donation, Woodstock is now owned by Youth Enterprise Trust – founded by Lloyd Hancock in 1990 (Lloyd’s brother Murray a guest). YET was setup with a mission to: “Connect Youth, Land and Community”. Earlier this year, while planning work around the ‘Purpose of Woodstock’, the YET Board revisited the mission and refined it to: “Improving the lives of young people through the engagement with the
environment, education and entrepreneurship”.
Back in 2019, a partnership was formed with Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) to develop a Flexible Learning Centre at Woodstock with a vision to create an educational precinct. YET are also in collaboration with a number of educational partners including the Australian Centre of Rural
Entrepreneurship (ACRE), Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN), Belong, Cedar Grove Land Care, Reclink, and Yarrabilba Lend Lease to see the precinct become a reality.
Woodstock’s Masterplan includes not only an Educational Precinct, but a Youth Program and Administration Precinct, Amphitheatre and Event Precinct, Horticultural and Ag Precinct, and a Native Vegetation Precinct with Wildlife Corridors.
The YET Board has committed up to $50,000 for professional development of these plans, and funds raised from the Ian Moss event will be applied to this purpose as well as to the Koala Habitat Rehabilitation Program. Supported by Lend Lease Yarrabilba, YET also has plans to meet with various Yarrabilba principals and the Workforce Development Group.
It was a challenging time before the event navigating the restrictions of Covid. After two previous attempts in 2020 to get the world class act to Queensland, this time Ian Moss chose to remain in Queensland from late June for which organisers greatly thanked him for his commitment to the event.
Upon arrival to the venue, a buzz of excitement filled the air, guests exhilarated in anticipation of what the night may bring. Guests were treated to canapes and drinks around a massive fire pit before being ushered into the super tent for a threecourse dinner while being entertained by the lyric sounds of singer Tee Shiree and emcee Haesley Cush of Ray White Newfarm who conducted an amazing ‘fun’ fund-raising raffle.
Then lights went down and iconic Ian Moss ‘filled the stage’. For almost two hours he enthralled guests with his incredible musical repertoire. And yes, he played Tucker’s Daughter, Flame Trees, and Last Train to Sydney to mention a few of the Cold Chisel gems much to the excitement of the audience!
The YET Board would like to thank: the YET staff – PK, John and Corey; the volunteers including Jackie, Daniella and the team, and the guys who helped pick up hire equipment; Brian Fitzgibbon and his team at the award-winning Glen Hotel; Kev Carey from Showrisk; Scott Beilenberg from Event Portables; PremiAir Hire for providing power and lights, Eventelec for connecting the power; Justine Hickey and group of loyal supporters; DNR Capital; Alvia Capital; Simone Parry from Stateside Promotions; Mark Quinlan and the team at Q Power Solutions; all those who donated the wonderful raffle prizes; and everyone who came along to support YET (apologies if any were missed)!
Thank you YET – for such a fabulous night!