City slashes funding for pageant
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.