Council cutting event assistance
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