The group pitching a proposal for a new wine and food event for Central Otago has been told to go back and get more industry buyin.
Cromwell Promotions Group president Janeen Wood presented a feasibility study investigating the establishment of a ‘‘signature’’ event to the Cromwell Community Board last Tuesday.
The board earlier committed $5000 for the feasibility study to be completed, and were asked to contribute a further $8000 to employ an event manager to begin work on the 2018 Cromwell-based event.
Board member and councillor Nigel McKinlay said he was concerned there had not already been any consultation and engagement with the industry, including the Central Otago Winegrowers’ Association.
‘‘What really gives me pause is there has been not even informal consultation with COWA. Unless the trade organisation that represents the wine industry is on board, it ain’t going to work.’’
Board member Robin Dicey said the initial engagement and discussion process did not need to cost $8000
‘‘I don’t believe engagement and discussion with COWA requires having a person being paid $8000.’’
He questioned how strongly the group had engaged the wine industry.
‘‘They are pivotal to the whole thing.’’
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