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PROST! OKTOBERFEST TO STAY ON QUEANBEYAN SOIL
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro says NSW Government funding for Oktoberfest will keep the spirit of the Munich beer hall festival alive in Queanbeyan for years to come. Canberra lost Oktoberfest to the border town last year with the three day event being successfully staged at the Queanbeyan Showground. “Canberra’s loss is Queanbeyan’s gain,” said Mr Barilaro. “Last year more than 7000 attended the event with thousands of dollars injected into the Queanbeyan economy. “That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that the NSW Government is committing $50,000 to secure Oktoberfest’s future in Queanbeyan and contribute to funding the event for the next two years.” The Harmonie German Club has also secured funding from the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) to keep Oktoberfest on Queanbeyan soil. Harmonie German Club General Manager Paul Berger said the festival of German culture has been welcomed with open arms by the Queanbeyan community. “The reason we left Canberra was the lack of local government support. We have found that support in spades moving to Queanbeyan,” said Mr Berger. “Oktoberfest in Queanbeyan has been welcomed and supported by the community, John Barilaro and QPRC. We hope this will be a long established event in town.” Mr Berger said the Harmonie German Club poured more than $50,000 into Queanbeyan businesses through goods and services during Oktoberfest 2017, and patrons spent much more. “We could become one of the biggest and best Oktoberfests in Australia because we do everything we can to make it as traditional as possible.” Each year, more than a tonne of pork knuckles, 180 barrels of German beer, 4500 bottles of German beer, 4000 sausages and 2700 pretzels are consumed at the Canberra region Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest will be held at the Queanbeyan Showground from 26-28 October 2018.