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Council calls on local musos to get ‘Groovin’ from the Garage’

Music garage band having repetition

Western Downs Regional Council is calling on local music artists to get groovin’ from home as part of a new initiative supporting the region’s live music scene through the COVID-19 health crisis.

‘Groovin’ from the Garage’ is a digital adaptation of the popular ‘Groovin’ into Town’ initiative and will involve a local song competition on social media for the region’s musical talents.

Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said the initiative aimed to rejuvenate the music scene while also bringing some positivity to the region.

“The Western Downs is an active, vibrant community and this is about offering a platform for our local artists to express their creativity to the region – something they may not have had the opportunity to do since State and Federal health restrictions have been in place,” Cr Maguire said.

“As part of ‘Groovin’ from the Garage’, local artists are being asked to video themselves performing an original, unpublished song from home and submit it to Council to be posted to Council’s community events Facebook platform ‘Western Downs Invites You’.

“All selected finalists will receive a cash prize and go in the running for first, second or third place which will be determined by the community through an online voting system.

“Those who place in the top three will win gift vouchers from local businesses to further promote the importance of buying local.

“This provides a platform for them to show off their talents with the community via a ‘virtual stage’, while also offering the chance to compete with other local artists and claim a prize.

“We hope that this program not only helps our local musicians, but also lifts the spirits of our local communities and engages individuals and families in some vibrant online entertainment.”

The competition will be open from Friday 8 May 2020 to Friday 29 May with public voting then to follow. Residents are encouraged to like and follow ‘Western Downs Invites You’ on Facebook to view the finalist performances and keep across competition announcements.

For more information or to view the conditions of the competition, contact 1300 COUNCIL (1300 268 624) or visit

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Finalists Prize 

Council Selected Finalists 

$100 cash each 

Prize Winners 

1st Prize  

$500 gift voucher  

2nd Prize  

$300 gift voucher  

3rd Prize  

$100 gift voucher  

 Eligibility/Conditions of Entry:

  • Musician/s must be a resident of the Western Downs, or currently self-isolating in the Western Downs,
  • Performance must be of the entrants own original work, that has not previously been published,
  • Multiple entries permitted,
  • Musicians of all levels, ages and genres (including instrumental compositions) welcome,
  • Entries from bands must demonstrate an adherence to current social distancing guidelines (edited videos or recorded video conferencing are acceptable).
  • Entrants agree to indemnify Council against any damages or loss suffered by Council as a result of entrants submitting non-original works.

By entering the Groovin From The Garage – The Originals Competition, the entrant declares that they meet all the stipulated conditions of entry and that submissions are of their own original and unpublished work. Any entries that do not meet the conditions of entry as determined by Council, will not proceed to the next stage of the competition. Entrants will maintain ownership over their original work, however, grant Council a non-revocable non-transferrable licence for use however Council deems appropriate for the purposes of conducting and promoting the competition and Community Activation Projects in the future. Western Downs Regional Council’s decision on which entries are chosen as finalists will be final and no further correspondence will be entered in to. A Public Voting process will determine the winner and no further correspondence will be entered in to.