Green light for food and mu­sic fes­ti­vals

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A bush tucker din­ner and all-ages mu­sic fes­ti­val have re­ceived the City’s back­ing to re­turn to Kar­ratha this year un­der the Ma­jor Events Spon­sor­ship Scheme.

Beats in the Heat, which ran for the first time last year, will re­ceive $170,000 — $65,000 above the $105,000 rec­om­mended by of­fi­cers fol­low­ing lengthy dis­cus­sion at the fi­nal coun­cil meet­ing last year.

Fer­vor, which also took its trav­el­ling restau­rant to Kar­ratha for the first time in 2015, will re­ceive $25,000 and in-prin­ci­ple sup­port to re­turn for a fur­ther two years be­yond this year.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the events would help main­tain the City’s po­si­tion as the events cap­i­tal of the North West.

“We have grown a fan­tas­tic events cal­en­dar over the past few years and the MESS scheme is a great way to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses that have great ideas for new events,” he said.

“This is a seed fund­ing scheme where we help new events to get off the ground with a view to them be­com­ing self-sus­tain­ing in the fu­ture.”

Mr Long said the scheme helped di­ver­sify the City’s events cal­en­dar.

A third event, the Pil­bara Well­ness Ad­ven­ture Re­treat, was rec­om­mended for fund­ing by of­fi­cers, but coun­cil­lors called for more in­for­ma­tion be­fore giv­ing the green light.

Wrapped Cre­ation’s pro­posed fash­ion fes­ti­val will also be sweat­ing on this month’s coun­cil meet­ing.

It was ini­tially rec­om­mended to forego fund­ing for what of­fi­cers de­scribed as hav­ing lim­ited com­mu­nity ap­peal, but coun­cil­lors ar­gued suc­cess­fully to probe the event fur­ther for the Jan­uary meet­ing.

This is a seed fund­ing scheme where we help new events to get off the ground Mayor Peter Long

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