Green light for food and music festivals
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