Fes­ti­val in dan­ger, more help needed

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPITERI

THE Myrtle­ford Fes­ti­val is no closer to se­cur­ing its fu­ture fol­low­ing a poorly at­tended an­nual gen­eral meet­ing last Thurs­day night.

There are still four un­filled po­si­tions on the com­mit­tee af­ter just two new­com­ers an­swered a call for more lo­cals to get in­volved with the long run­ning event.

Chris Walkear will no longer be the fes­ti­val’s pres­i­dent with Helen McDougall tak­ing on the role.

Ms McDougall, joined the com­mit­tee last year and last week as­sumed the top po­si­tion.

Speak­ing for the last time as pres­i­dent, Chris Walkear said the pos­si­bil­ity of the fes- tival’s demise was still real.

“It’s pos­si­ble, not prob­a­ble, but you just never know,” he said.

“If one of the five (com­mit­tee) pulled out and you got that snow­ball ef­fect it could pos­si­bly not hap­pen.

“Vol­un­teerism is a dy­ing art, peo­ple think some­one else will do the work and then they’ll just go and en­joy the week­end but there will come a day where those who do all the work will have had enough.”

Mr Walkear again stressed that helpers for the fes­ti­val did not nec­es­sar­ily have to join the com­mit­tee.

“We need a vol­un­teer base of contacts so we are not re­ly­ing on the same peo­ple all the time, we just need peo­ple who can put their hand up and say they are pre­pared to help,” he said.

There is op­ti­mism that two new com­mit­tee mem­bers will at­tract more first time vol­un­teers.

“One of them is just new to town so they have come on-board to see what it’s all about which is good,” Mr Walkear said.

“They’ve both got dif­fer­ent cir­cles of friends do if they send a mes­sage to 10 peo­ple, who send a mes­sage to an­other ten peo­ple who are will­ing to get in­volved we might have 100 helpers be­fore know it.”

A sec­ond meet­ing will be held next Thurs­day at 7pm at the Myrtle­ford Li­brary with all prospec­tive helpers in­vited to at­tend.

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