REGROWTH was born in January 2013 during the bushfires that ravaged the Dunalley/Tasman districts.
It was initially just going to be a small fundraiser with a few local musicians and a hat to collect donations for the bushfire victims and support services.
The word got out on radio/tv/social media and within days of conception it had gone slightly viral.
So it was decided that a bigger venue was needed, a proper stage and sound system/lighting and a bigger lineup of acts, thus began the race to plan and execute
a mid-size event with almost no money, no electricity/water/showers/mod-cons aside from that which could be sourced at the local evacuation centre.
It was a bleak time for all in the fire zone.
Nevertheless with the amazing generosity and spirit of the Tasmanian people, everything that was required + more somehow materialised out of the smoke and ashes,
including a donation of $4800 from the Tasmanian Premier's discretionary fund at the last minute, allowing most of the costs to be covered.
The concert went ahead as planned, with the paddock gates of the Dunalley Hotel opening at 11am on the 26th of January.
Over the next 11 hours over 5000 people from across the State and across the Globe attended the concert which featured a
full day and evening of local bands and solo music & comedy acts... PHEW!
The event was a huge success, all the major TV network's news crews attended, as did Tasmanian Premier; the Honourable Lara Giddings M.P.
The people danced, ate, drank and made merry all day and night, the feeling of relief after weeks of devestation, smoke, fear and loss was palpable.
Then... as if to extinguish the saga, and bring a form of closure to the weeks of stress and devestation that was the bushfires, the clouds opened up and showered Dunalley
with the first proper rain in weeks. WOW!