Coun­cil to vote on funds in­crease

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

One of the main sup­port­ers of Broome’s trade­mark Shinju Mat­suri will con­sider pump­ing a record amount of spon­sor­ship money into the fes­ti­val as or­gan­is­ers un­veil a new event to “rein­vig­o­rate” Chi­na­town.

A Shire of Broome sub com­mit­tee went against a rec­om­men­da­tion from coun­cil of­fi­cers to stick with a $68,000 grant and $50,000 of in-kind support for a fur­ther year.

In­stead, they voted to en­dorse a Shinju Mat­suri pro­posal re­quest­ing the amount be raised to $100,000 a year for three years with $50,000 in-kind support an­nu­ally, in­clud­ing traf­fic and waste man­age­ment, free venue hire and clean­ing. The al­ter­na­tive mo­tion followed a pre­sen­ta­tion to the arts, cul­ture and her­itage ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee from fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Chris Ma­her and will be con­sid­ered at tonight’s or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing.

Mr Ma­her said there was a big vi­sion for Shinju Mat­suri from Septem­ber 2-10, which would have a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive eco­nomic im­pact on the town.

“In terms of putting Broome back on the map in­ter­na­tion­ally, we are achiev­ing our milestones and we have plenty more to go,” he said.

Mr Ma­her said a planned new ad­di­tion to the fes­tiv­i­ties this year in­cluded a pearl har­vest party in Chi­na­town.

“We have still got a bit of play­ing around to do in terms of the con­cept but we are look­ing at es­tab­lish­ing a pearl har­vest party back in Chi­na­town, re­con­nect­ing the fes­ti­val to the pearling in­dus­try,” he said.

The event aims to pro­vide a plat­form for re­tail­ers and pearl pro­duc­ers to show­case their har­vest and pro­mote new jewellery col­lec­tions.

The pro­posal was for pearling brands to host mar­ket stalls dur­ing the day on ei­ther Dampier Ter­race or Carnar­von Street with chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and a po­ten­tial pearl meat cook-off.

The not-for-profit Shinju Mat­suri has been es­tab­lished in Broome for 46 years.

The cost of run­ning the fes­ti­val in 2015 was $433,000 and $763,000 last year with the pro­jected ex­pen­di­ture for 2017 sit­ting at $807,000.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers rec­om­mended a one-year deal with no change in light of sig­nif­i­cant run­ning cost in­creases and key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors re­quir­ing cre­at­ing eco­nomic sus­tain­abil­ity of the fes­ti­val.

Mr Ma­her said he was hope­ful the full coun­cil would ap­prove the in­creased spon­sor­ship money.

“If the coun­cil de­cides on the $60k op­tion, then we would need to re­work our ex­ist­ing fes­ti­val bud­get to find the equiv­a­lent sav­ings — this could im­pact on the con­tent of the pearl har­vest party and other as­pects of the fes­ti­val,” he said.

Picture: Ni­cola Kal­mar

Chil­dren get up close to Sammy the Dragon dur­ing last year’s Shinju Mat­suri cel­e­bra­tion.

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