Fund­ing flows for events

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Picture: Peter de Krui­jff

Bill­fish Shootout 2015 cham­pi­ons Kate and Hamish McLeod with Arg­onaut Ma­rine’s Kim Lyons.

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