Coun­cil cut­ting event as­sis­tance

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

EVENT or­gan­is­ers in the Alpine Shire will bear a greater lo­gis­ti­cal bur­den in the next fi­nan­cial year.

The Alpine Shire Coun­cil has an­nounced a re­duc­tion in the ser­vices to be of­fered to com­mu­nity events as part of their an­nual Event Fund­ing Pro­gram.

The move is due to the “ex­po­nen­tial in­crease” in the num­ber of events held within the Alpine Shire and lim­i­ta­tions on coun­cil re­sources.

Last fi­nan­cial year there were 151 events across the shire, a fig­ure that the coun­cil’s man­ager of eco­nomic and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, Elaine Bur­ridge said was sig­nif­i­cantly higher than any other Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area the same size.

“The num­ber of events re­quir­ing traf­fic man­age­ment has in­creased with the in­crease to the num­ber of events over­all,” she said.

“This stretches re­sourc­ing and we’ve found that from time to time, par­tic­u­larly around the larger events, we have been pushed with re­sources avail­able to de­liver traf­fic man­age­ment on event days.

It is un­timely news for some event or­gan­is­ers such as the Myrtle­ford Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee who are al­ready feel­ing the pinch of a lim­ited vol­un­teer base.

Event or­gan­is­ers will now be re­quired to de­velop and im­ple­ment a traf­fic man­age­ment plan that in­cludes pro­vi­sion of re­quired sig­nage and per­son­nel.

The pro­cess­ing of Vic-Roads per­mits and mem­o­ran­dum of au­thor­ity ap­pli­ca­tions will also be left to event or­gan­is­ers as well as the com­ple­tion of coun­cil per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions.

In ad­di­tion to that coun­cil will no longer pro­vide re­source loans of items such as bar­ri­ers and bol­lards or process coun­cil fa­cil­ity hire fees.

Event or­gan­is­ers have been en­cour­aged to en­sure their re­quested amount re­flects the ad­di­tional cost of the changes with ex­tra fund­ing al­lo­cated in coun­cil’s bud­get to as­sist with the tran­si­tion.

Coun­cil will con­tinue to of­fer waste man­age­ment ser­vices, change to traf­fic con­di­tion ad­ver­tis­ing, on­line event list­ing and other gen­eral sup­port as per pre­vi­ous years.

“We’re not leav­ing any­one in the lurch, we’re ac­tu­ally here to sup­port all the events, we just can­not with 151 events a year, keep do­ing what we’re do­ing,” Ms Bur­ridge said.

“We’re ac­tu­ally one of the last re­main­ing Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas that still de­liver all the ser­vices we do, but there’s a point where you have to get back to your core ser­vices.”

Or­gan­is­ers with an event tak­ing place be­tween July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 have un­til Fri­day to sub­mit their Event Fund­ing Pro­gram ap­pli­ca­tions.

Ms Bur­ridge said no fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance or in kind sup­port will be avail­able from coun­cil with­out sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion and late sub­mis­sions will not be con­sid­ered.

COM­MU­NITY CEL­E­BRA­TION: The Bright Au­tumn Fes­ti­val is one of 151 events that has taken place in the Alpine Shire in the past 12 months. PHOTO: Justin Jen­vey

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