City to re­coup event money

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

City of Kar­ratha coun­cil­lors have opted to re­cover half of the money handed over for a failed event un­der one of its spon­sor­ship schemes.

The Pil­bara Well­ness Re­treat was meant be held at Kar­ratha Sta­tion from July 22 to 25 but failed to gain enough in­ter­est to make it vi­able.

It promised a week­end to recharge the bat­ter­ies with the likes of roam­ing restau­rant Fer­vor, in­dige­nous cul­tural tours, in­spir­ing speak­ers and lux­ury tents as ac­com­mo­da­tion.

In Jan­uary, it was awarded the lower amount of $104,000 or 40 per cent of event ex­pen­di­ture un­der the Ma­jor Events Spon­sor­ship Scheme.

A to­tal of $69,680 had been handed over to Ad­ven­ture Re­treat Com­pany, be­fore the City was told the event would not be go­ing ahead.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said low ticket sales, lack of spon­sor­ship and dif­fi­culty at­tract­ing par­tic­i­pants from out­side the Pil­bara were noted as rea­sons for the event fold­ing.

City of­fi­cers rec­om­mended $47,488 be chased for re­im­burse­ment, but the coun­cil voted to re­coup the lower amount of $36,053 due to the amount of work un­der­taken by the com­pany.

Mr Long said the City un­der­stood not all new en­ter­prises and events would be suc­cess­ful un­der the spon­sor­ship scheme.

“The City’s Ma­jor Events Spon­sor­ship Scheme is de­signed to en­tice lo­cal en­trepreneurs to de­liver new and high-qual­ity events in the re­gion,” he said.

“Coun­cil will con­tinue to sup­port new events through this pro­gram while as­sess­ing the as­so­ci­ated risks as thor­oughly as pos­si­ble.”

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