Funds flow in for fam­ily fun event

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

A night of chil­dren’s rides and fam­ily fun at the Kar­ratha Quar­ter has re­ceived fund­ing as part of a city cen­tre ac­ti­va­tion grant.

At their Jan­uary meet­ing, City of Kar­ratha coun­cil­lors voted to en­dorse a United Party Hire ap­pli­ca­tion for $10,5000 of the LandCorp $150,000 City Cen­tre Ac­ti­va­tion Fund, aimed at pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity use of the Kar­ratha CBD.

The Slides and Rides event, planned for Satur­day, April 22, will see the Quar­ter area fenced off and filled with a va­ri­ety of chil­dren’s rides and ac­tiv­i­ties.

It is ex­pected to cater to up to 400 chil­dren and fam­ily mem­bers.

United Party Hire Kar­ratha coowner Gary Fitzger­ald, who runs the busi­ness with wife Tr­ish, said the for­mat was a throw­back to the pop­u­lar chil­dren’s ac­tiv­ity nights they used to hold in town un­til about 15 years ago.

“When we first came here we had an amuse­ment cen­tre, and we used to have ev­ery few months a fam­ily night,” he said.

“We used to call it a lock-in . . . it used to go for three hours and it was well-su­per­vised.”

Mr Fitzger­ald said the LandCorp fund­ing would go to­wards lo­gis­tics in­clud­ing light­ing and fenc­ing, while United Party Hire would cover the other half of the $21,000 event cost.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said it was a promis­ing event for at­tract­ing fam­i­lies to the CBD.

“The fam­ily fun night presents a strong po­ten­tial for ac­ti­va­tion of the city cen­tre with an an­tic­i­pated 300-400 au­di­ence of young fam­i­lies and chil­dren ex­pected to at­tend the event,” he said.

Tick­ets to Slides and Rides will soon be avail­able on­line. Mr Fitzger­ald said he hoped to run the event reg­u­larly if it was a suc­cess.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for re­main­ing City Cen­tre Ac­ti­va­tion Fund money are open un­til March 31.

A grant of $30,000 went to­wards the Red Dog: True Blue film pre­miere in De­cem­ber.

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