Success of FitzLive unlikely to be emulated in Wagga's outer suburbs

ON SONG: Toby Mobbs performs during the inaugural FitzLive micro-festival on Fitzmaurice Street last Saturday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly
ON SONG: Toby Mobbs performs during the inaugural FitzLive micro-festival on Fitzmaurice Street last Saturday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

The success of FitzLive is unlikely to be emulated in Wagga’s outer suburbs, a long-term resident believes.

The inaugural music micro-festival was well received last weekend with its unique blend of locations and local artists.

Council community director Janice Summerhayes said the feedback had been “completely positive”.

“The response from residents and visitors, performers and venues has been completely positive, both on the day and in the feedback we are still receiving,” she said.

“From what we have heard, everyone is eagerly looking forward to the second FitzLive on May 5 in line with Wagga Gold Cup.”

FitzLive’s heartening debut prompted suggestions the event could be expanded into other business areas in the city, however, one resident has already cautioned against an expansion. 

Former Glenfield Park Progress Association president Graham Jackaman thinks the idea has merit but says it would be impractical, citing a lack of facilities in the outer suburbs.

“It’d be nice to see but I just don’t think we have the space,” he said.

“Events such as FitzLive and Skyworks are great if you’ve got the proper facilities and outer suburbs don’t have places like Collins Park and the Botanic Gardens or whatever.

Klaus Bussmann takes centre stage during FitzLive.

Klaus Bussmann takes centre stage during FitzLive.

“Those cost money to maintain and we haven’t got that right now.”

Mr Jackaman said Wagga’s size also had to be taken into consideration.

“When it’s all said and done, Wagga’s just not that big a city,” he said.

“If it’s only ten minutes into Fitzmaurice Street for events like that, people will still go in droves.

“Our turn will come for community events and greater funding in the suburbs but it won’t happen soon, I think.”

Ms Summerhayes said the funding for FitzLive had particular requirements but offered some hope to the suburbs.

“The funding for FitzLive from the state Live Music Office specified a central business district location for this pilot micro-festival,” she said.

“After the second FitzLive on May 5, we will take into consideration all the feedback we receive for future opportunities.”