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Accommodation still needed in Deniliquin for Blues Festival

Deniliquin tourism officers say there are still more than 50 people who are desperate for accommodation during the Blues & Roots Festival at Easter.

TYLA HARRINGTON January 22, 2014 4:35am

Deniliquin tourism officer Denise Thomas says there has been a ‘‘fantastic’’ response from the community offering their homes or rooms for accommodation during the Blues & Roots Festival at Easter.

However, she said more accommodation was needed for the patrons who prefer not to camp on site.

With accommodation scarce, the Peppin Heritage Centre staff decided to establish a ‘room register’ in December.

Mrs Thomas said at this stage there were still more than 50 people who were desperate for accommodation.

‘‘People have been generous and offered their homes or rooms for accommodation but we’re still after more,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re looking for any type of accommodation, even people who have a caravan in their backyard.

‘‘Those who receive the accommodation are so appreciative.

‘‘So many people want to come to the event but this is what’s keeping them hesitant.

‘‘Besides home accommodation the alternative is for people to stay out of town and we don’t want that.’’

Those interested in billeting a room or their house are asked to phone the Peppin Heritage Centre on 58983120.

The centre is acting as a mediator between those offering accommodation and those seeking it.

The PHC will keep a register of both accommodation options and those needing a place to stay.

Negotiations will be between the property owner and festival goer.

The 2014 festival is being held over two days, April 19 and 20, and will feature 24 artists. Tickets are available at www.denibluesfestival.com.au.

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