Festival in jeopardy due to a lack of numbers
THE Bright Autumn Festival is the latest local event to have doubt cast over its future because of a lack of willing volunteers.
Just four people turned up to the festival’s annual general meeting on November 27 with no new helpers among those in attendance.
The roles of president and treasurer have been recommitted to by Brendan Holland and Steve Gilliver but the former said the event was in jeopardy if other key positions could not be filled.
“We understand that people are busy but it may get to the point where we say it’s just not feasible to do this anymore because we just can’t get the support,” Mr Holland said.
“At this stage we look at persisting but we can’t expect a very small group of volunteers to do it, it’s just too much work.”
There are several key vacancies with details being provided to the Bright and District Chamber of Commerce who provide support to the event which will enter its 57th year in 2019.
A willing secretary needs to be found along with a program coordinator, music and entertainment coordinator, marketing and publicity officer, parade coordinator, and open garden coordinator.
Mr Holland said committee numbers had been adequate in recent years and that more volunteers meant jobs could be shared among several people.
“A few years ago when people like Arno Van Winden and Mike Dealy stepped down after a long time we had some issues but more recently we’ve had enough help,” he said.
“We did get some new people on-board and some of those did three or four years but have moved on, Mary Newland also finished up after nine years as entertainment coordinator.”
“There is a bit of work in some of the roles but the more you can share the work the lighter it is for everybody.”
Mr Holland said The Lazy Boys, a group of retired and semi-retired local men, provided assistance on Gala Day this year and similar help by groups or individuals would again be welcomed.
“There are all sorts of experience and talents in town and having people with the energy and drive is really important,” he said.
“It’s a great way for people to get involved in the community but in terms of the committee you need some renewal over time or things get a little scale.
“You need new people to come in with fresh ideas and to challenge why you are doing things and how they can be better.”
People can contact Brendan Holland on 0414 854 062 or get in touch with an executive member of the Bright and District Chamber of Commerce or email presi[email protected]ber.com.au.