Con­tin­ued fund­ing for events

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Court­ney Fowler

An out­door ad­ven­ture race, a mu­sic fes­ti­val and fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion are among the lo­cal events that will see con­tin­ued fund­ing from the City of Kar­ratha’s Ma­jor Events Spon­sor­ship Scheme.

The scheme, which will con­tinue this fi­nan­cial year, sought to iden­tify new events and pro­vide seed money to as­sist them to grow.

Di­verse ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing sports, mu­sic, and food and wine, were show­cased through­out the suc­cess­ful events, with some re­turn­ing more than $9 in eco­nomic ben­e­fits for ev­ery dol­lar in­vested by the City.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said sup­port for com­mu­nity-run ma­jor events had brought ex­ten­sive eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity and media cov­er­age for the city.

He said the pro­gram was a great way to build the pro­file of the city and pro­vide a great range of high-qual­ity events for the com­mu­nity.

“We have lots of cre­ative, pas­sion­ate peo­ple in our city and we want to help them to grow events and fes­ti­vals in their ar­eas of in­ter­ests,” he said.

“Our eval­u­a­tions have shown good re­turns on in­vest­ment for each event with some per­form­ing ex­cep­tion­ally.

“There is over $400,000 al­lo­cated to this pro­gram and although some events were one-offs or will not be re­newed, other new events will now have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for this fund­ing pool.”

The events re­ceiv­ing con­tin­ued fund­ing are the Bill­fish Shootout, Red Dog Re­lay, City to Surf, Gos­sip Fes­ti­val and Sprint­car Stam­pede, with some re­cent events still to com­plete their eval­u­a­tion.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the ma­jor events spon­sor­ship scheme are open all year round, how­ever, ap­pli­cants are en­cour­aged to ap­ply ear­lier in the year be­cause of the lim­ited pool of fund­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact the City of Kar­ratha on 9186 8555.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler

Tom Atkin­son at the Red Dog Re­lay, which will re­ceive con­tin­ued fund­ing.

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