Cash in­jec­tion for tour body

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

The Mar­ble Bar Tourist As­so­ci­a­tion has re­ceived a help­ing hand from the Shire of East Pil­bara with an in­jec­tion of $52,500 in funds over the next 21 months.

At the Shire’s Septem­ber or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing, the coun­cil agreed to ap­ply the com­mon seal to the as­so­ci­a­tion mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing and fund­ing agree­ment.

Since the ex­piry of the 2016-17 mem­o­ran­dum two main changes have oc­curred — a pro­vi­sion for the agree­ment to op­er­ate with­out need for change if the Mar­ble Bar Vis­i­tor Cen­tre should be re­lo­cated, and to stream­line re­port­ing and pay­ments.

The tourist as­so­ci­a­tion also re­quested an in­crease in an­nual fund­ing of $25,000 to bring it up to $55,000 a year.

Ac­cord­ing to the meet­ing’s agenda item, the re­quest is “cur­rently be­ing as­sessed and a de­ter­mi­na­tion has not been made at this point in time”.

The MoU will last 21 months to bring it in­line with the stan­dard fi­nan­cial year pe­ri­ods, mean­ing it will need to be re-eval­u­ated by June 30, 2019.

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