Town sup­ports Arena for park

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By KATE LEAVER

TINA Arena could be per­form­ing at Clare­mont Park af­ter coun­cil­lors agreed to con­trib­ute $25,000 to­ward the per­former’s book­ing fee.

The pro­posal di­vided opin­ions at last week’s Town of Clare­mont meet­ing.

Deputy Mayor Bruce Haynes was wary of the po­ten­tial risks in­volved and de­scribed the event as “in­her­ently danger­ous and un­pre­dictable”.

Cr Haynes said it was im­pos­si­ble to say whether the pre­dicted 50008000 peo­ple would at­tend be­cause the free com­mu­nity event was not tick­eted.

“If 25,000 peo­ple turn up it could be danger­ous; I would pre­fer two smaller con­certs with lo­cal artists,” he said.

Cr Haynes said coun­cil­lors would “wear egg on our faces” if the event was un­suc­cess­ful. Cr Karen Wood said the $25,000 was not “go­ing out on a limb” for the Town but was an “op­por­tu­nity too good to miss”.

“Tina Arena is not go­ing to at­tract peo­ple with slabs of beer; be­cause it is a free event it will at­tract fam­i­lies,” she said.

In pre­vi­ous years the coun­cil has funded two smaller com­mu­nity con­certs, but plans to com­bine the fund­ing and re­sources for one larger event.

Cr Paul Kelly said there was no need to change be­cause the smaller con­certs were al­ready a suc­cess.

“To in­vest money in one big-bang pop artist is ques­tion­able,” Cr Kelly said.

“Clare­mont prides it­self on keep­ing small and lo­cal.”

Cr Jill Goetze said the event would also be an op­por­tu­nity to in­volve lo­cal spon­sors.

“It is a great draw­card to pro­mote the town cen­tre with min­i­mal cost,” Cr Goetze said.

The Town has started ne­go­ti­a­tions with Arena’s agent and its con­tri­bu­tion is in­cluded in the draft 2015-16 bud­get. The re­main­ing $25,000 book­ing fee will be se­cured through lo­cal spon­sor­ship.

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d433558

Breast Can­cer Care WA founder and pa­tron Ros Wor­thing­ton.

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