Katy Perry To Perform Free Concert For Victoria Bushfire Victims
US popstar Katy Perry will visit Victoria's Bright to perform at a free bushfire charity show, the state government has announced.
The US singer will perform at Bright's Pioneer Park on March 11, the state government confirmed on Monday.
Locals from the bushfire-affected town of Corryong will be bussed to the concert with tickets also allocated to communities in the northeast and emergency services workers.
Victoria's alpine region relies heavily on tourism and suffered last summer as visitors avoided the area due to the heavy smoke haze and bushfire fears.
"As a native Southern Californian, I know firsthand the devastation of wildfire across my home communities, and was particularly 💔 by the Australian bushfires," Perry posted to Instagram.
"Australia has always given me so much love and support so FIGHT ON is one way to return that love, and help provide a little bit of joy to a country that's given me so much joy."
Tourism Minister Martin Pakula said the free show was just the boost the region needed.
"It will be incredibly exciting for many people who have had a really tough summer, and it recognises the outstanding efforts of our emergency services," he said in a statement.
Perry is in town for the ICC T20 Women's World Cup cricket final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.