City to recoup event money
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.”