Fes­ti­val in jeop­ardy due to a lack of num­bers

Myrtleford Times - - People Around Town - BY JUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­[email protected]­me­dia.com.au

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.

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