Bayswater Council to consult community on events program

Maylands Laneway Festival goers at Henry on Eighth.
Maylands Laneway Festival goers at Henry on Eighth.

COMMUNITY groups and residents will be consulted before Bayswater Council adopts its 2019-2020 events program.

At the April 30 council meeting, councillors voted 10-1 to support Cr Lorna Clarke’s motion to consult with the community following a councillor workshop on May 7.

A report on the results of the consultation will be brought back to council before June 30.

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Cr Michelle Sutherland voted against it.

The decision came after Baysie Rollers, which recently held the successful Baysie Arts and Streets Fest, presented its concerns over the proposed City of Bayswater Festival at the meeting.

The proposed festival would take place over two weeks in February and would offer opportunities for community groups to partner with the City in forming activities.

Baysie Rollers membership officer Geraldine Pillinger said the group wanted to be consulted before the review as the proposed festival would involve partnerships with groups like themselves and The Morley Momentum.

Officers have proposed a community choice events funding stream for community groups, which was separate to the community events program annual funding for 2019-2020 and the major town centre event funding stream.

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Cr Barry McKenna questioned why the City of Bayswater North of Perth Music Festival and the spring and autumn dance festivals were excluded from the events program.

Chief executive Andrew Brien said the music and dance festivals were not cancelled and the funding changes were stated in a report provided to councillors.

The organisers of those festivals need to apply for funding through the community events grants pool which is worth $58,000, rather than receiving funds from the City’s annual budget.

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Officers have also flagged the formation the City of Bayswater Concert at Pat O’Hara Reserve delivered by the Perth Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra previously performed at the City’s Romance Under the Stars event held at the reserve.

It costed the council $43,400 which was $21,900 more than the total allocated budget amount of $21,500, following additional infrastructure costs due to the increase in expected attendance from 1500 people to 5000 people.

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