Xmas car­ols back

Stirling Times - - News - Kate Leaver

CITY of Stir­ling has funded its flag­ship 2017/2018 cul­tural and arts events, in­clud­ing the iconic Scar­bor­ough Christ­mas car­ols that will re­turn in De­cem­ber.

The City will spend $150,500 on old favourites such as the Os­borne Park Agri­cul­tural Show and the Wem­b­ley Downs Dis­trict Fair and new events like the Scar­bor­ough Beach Sun­set Mar­kets.

Last year was the first time in 20 years the car­ols did not run due to safety and lo­gis­ti­cal is­sues from the $75 mil­lion Scar­bor­ough re­de­vel­op­ment works.

Scar­bor­ough Beach As­so­ci­a­tion (SBA) pres­i­dent Wayne Bowen said while it was dis­ap­point­ing for busi­nesses that the car­ols weren’t held last year, City of Stir­ling fund­ing and cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship from 3 Oceans Prop­erty had al­lowed the event to con­tinue.

“We have also been able to part­ner with Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy WA as our char­ity part­ner,” he said.

“We are very pleased that we have them along­side us and we are hope­ful it will be a long term part­ner­ship, with both them and 3 Oceans.”

Mr Bowen said the SBA has also re­ceived a com­mit­ment from the City to have ac­cess to the am­phithe­atre for the event on De­cem­ber 10.

City of­fi­cers ini­tially rec- Crowd at the Scar­bor­ough am­phithe­atre dur­ing the 2015 Christ­mas car­ols event. om­mended to fund Perth Eid Fes­ti­val in Mirra­booka as a smaller level 2 cul­tural event but fund­ing was up­graded to $20,000 af­ter coun­cil­lors put for­ward a case at an Au­gust 8 meet­ing. Cr Keith Sar­gent said the Eid Fes­ti­val de­served a “lit­tle more recog­ni­tion” af­ter at­tract­ing large crowds last year.

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