Festival bosses hope booze ban will be relaxed
One of Noosa's signature events is gearing up to offer drinks even though its numbers may be capped below 500 as a COVID-19 precaution.
Noosa Council will vote at a special meeting on Tuesday on a staff recommendation to allow an alcohol exemption for the Noosa alive! Reignite Festival at Dolphins Rugby Union Club on March 13.
Councillors will also decide if a similar licensing leeway can be made for the Noosa Hinterland Property Expo networking night at Cooroy Memorial Hall for the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber wants to serve alcohol during three two-hour sessions on March 20 and 21.
The Noosa alive! event includes the Sunshine Family Festival from 12pm-4pm and the Sunset Vibes concert from 6pm-10pm.
Noosa alive! president Andrew Squires hopes to win backing to allow the alcohol component.
"Without a doubt it will be able to open up the event a little bit more to a wider demographic," Mr Squires said.
"The Dolphins are geared up for it - it's an opportunity for the community to get back together to some sort of normality.
"We've set up a whole new registration ticketing system where we can register everybody prior to everybody getting in the (Dolphins club) door and also electronically registering them at the gate."
Mr Squires said he would also like to see the council relax the less than 500 crowd restriction.
Councillors have to decide if they will accept a senior staff recommendation not to increase the attendance numbers before another review next February.