Funding flows for events
City of Karratha councillors have voted to continue the Major Events Sponsorship Scheme next financial year and agreed to grant two of its supported events with annual funds as part of a direct sponsorship arrangement.
The Nickol Bay Speedway Sprintcar Stampede and Nickol Bay Sportfishing Club’s Billfish Shootout will receive $20,000 each year on an ongoing basis after councillors acknowledged them as consistently well-performing, locally run events with significant community benefit.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the events scheme had successfully encouraged a diverse range of events on offer to residents, and councillors had chosen to focus on locally run, not-forprofit events for the coming round of funding.
“The Major Events Sponsorship Scheme has been a great way to help support locals to create and grow new events as well as attracting external events to town,” he said.
“We have had some great successes and some events that have not proved sustainable which leaves us with some funding leftover to try new events.”
Nickol Bay Sportfishing Club Billfish Shootout organiser Ken McFarlane said they were pleased to receive council support to continue an event that encouraged the community to get more involved in fishing, which was especially accessible in the Pilbara.
“Certainly, we are extremely grateful to the City of Karratha for investing,” he said.
“A lot of people actually move here because of the outdoors and fishing and camping and that sort of thing. It’s a lifestyle.
“This is going to directly benefit a wide variety of people and get them interested in fishing.”
He said the Billfish Shootout also stood out for being a sustainable event that contributed to fisheries research.
Council funding for The Red Dog Relay, City to Surf, Fervor Dinner Series and Beats in the Heat is pending until the officer’s strategic review of the remaining funds.
Billfish Shootout 2015 champions Kate and Hamish McLeod with Argonaut Marine’s Kim Lyons.