City slashes fund­ing for pageant

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

THE City of Perth has slashed its Christ­mas Pageant spon­sor­ship by 20 per cent this year.

It has com­mit­ted only $120,000 to the event this year - $30,000 less than last year’s $150,000 - the low­est level of mon­e­tary sup­port in five years.

The City has been cut­ting back on spon­sor­ship spend­ing this year and the pageant is the lat­est vic­tim.

The coun­cil agreed at the Septem­ber 26 meet­ing to pro­vide the re­duced amount for the De­cem­ber 2 event.

The event is ex­pected to at­tract 250,000 at­ten­dees and bring about $6.481 mil­lion into the lo­cal econ­omy.

The move comes just weeks af­ter the coun­cil agreed to re­duce its con­tri­bu­tion to the Pride Fes­ti­val by $5000.

The re­duc­tion of fund­ing for the pageant re­flects the City’s “cur­rent fi­nan­cial op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment”.

A re­port on park­ing at last year’s pageant re­vealed in­creases in both rev­enue and pa­tron­age.

The City’s con­tri­bu­tion to the De­cem­ber 17 Carols by Can­dle­light event re­mains un­changed at $60,000.

This year will mark the 46th pageant. It will fea­ture more than 2000 per­form­ers go down St Ge­orges Ter­race from the Wil­liam Street in­ter­sec­tion to Ozone Re­serve.

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