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I was very pleased today to help launch the program for this year’s Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival.

The Festival Board and Director Travis Tiddy have put together a fantastic program for this year’s festival, which is being held in Queenstown October 10-12.

The Liberal Government has provided $50,000 to the festival as part of our $750,000 election pledge for the West Coast, which we have brought forward in response to the closure of the Mt Lyell mine.

The biennial festival began in 2010 and has become a significant contemporary cultural event for the West Coast region.

The 2014 festival will encompass the centenary of the heritage listed Lake Margaret Power Station – the oldest operating hydro-electric power station in Australia and a site of high cultural and industrial significance to Tasmania. The overarching theme of the 2014 festival is Power of Water.

The full program of events is available at http://issuu.com/qhaf/docs/qhaf_2014_program_artwork_issuu/1

I encourage everyone to support the Queenstown community by getting along to the Festival this year.