Boost for festivals

Councillors voted unanimously at the April meeting to allocate $15,000 to Community Connect for the Noranda Christmas Street Festival in November and Local Arts and Community Events (LACE) for the Maylands Street Festival in May, 2016.

The decision followed community members� frustration with the city allocating $12,500 to the Maylands Business Association last year to hold the Maylands festival, which never went ahead. In December, Crr Terry Kenyon moved that the funding be reconsidered and allocated to a different community group.

LACE chairwoman Catherine Ehrhardt said she was satisfied with the council outcome, but organisation checks needed to be done to ensure the same thing did not happen again.

�Organisations should be able to show active timelines and achievements of goals,� she said.

�If these are not met satisfactorily, the funding should be able to go to another community group that is able to do something for the local community.�

Ms Ehrhardt said the Maylands Street Festival would be inspired by Maylands� history, incorporating the traditions of May Day festivities celebrated in Europe.

�Maylands is home to a large Polish community; we house a wonderful Russian library and we are home to the consulate of Slovakia. We also have a strong Italian community,� she said.

�We want to be able to show all this history along with promoting local businesses to the wider community in one fun-filled day.�