Picture it – Jimmy Barnes’ screeching vocals bellowing out over a cheering crowd at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
It’s something Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic has spent some time imagining.
On the back of an 18,000 strong crowd at the stadium for the recent Pacific Test rugby league triple-header, which saw the national teams of Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and England battle it out, Cr Brticevic thought the venue could host even more exciting events.
He chatted with fellow councillor Paul Lake – who has long hailed the stadium as one of Campbelltown’s greatest assets – and the topic of Aussie rockers came up.
“The stadium has so much potential,” he said.
“There was so much excitement in the air with 18,271 people at the stadium – it had been a long time since it was that full.
“Sort of off the cuff I suggested to Cr Lake that maybe we could get some Aussie legends out here, maybe we could get Midnight Oil to wrap up their reunion tour at Campbelltown.”
The mayor has since learned that Midnight Oil did in fact play a gig in Campbelltown in the 1980s and while it would be a long shot to lure Peter Garrett and the band back again he believes other rock stars could be convinced.
“Wouldn’t it be great to see the likes of James Reyne, Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss out here for a stadium show,” he said.
“We would have a full house – it would be bigger and better than any others shows we could get here.”
Cr Brticevic said the recent success of an outdoor festival headlined by Barnesy at Mulgoa’s historic Fernhill Estate – just down the road from Warragamba, Silverdale and Wallacia – proved there was an audience for similar events in the west.
He said a similar event would be a great success in Campbelltown and the stadium’s location, just a hop, skip and a jump away from Leumeah Station, would be a top selling point.
“It’s convenient and it’s close for residents,” he said.
“It’s right on their doorstep.”