Festival funding slashed

A music workshop at the Balga Community Connect held May 2015.
A music workshop at the Balga Community Connect held May 2015.

Organisers Community Connect received $12,000 for the event, which was held in May. They had also asked for $15,000 towards next year�s festival.

But the City has only approved $7000.

Stirling Community Development manager Trevor Holland said funding was cut because festival attendance was lower than predicted.

The grant of $12,000 was based on a predicted attendance of 4000 to 6000 people, Mr Holland said.

�However, this event attracted 2000 people,� he said.

A council report says the event was successful, well-attended and promoted inclusion. The event included local refugee and indigenous performers, market stalls, multicultural food stalls and children�s workshops.

Balga Ward Councillor David Boothman said Balga would work closely with the City to further promote the event though letterbox drops and local advertising despite the funding cut.

�A number of the residents I spoke to told me they had no

A spokeswoman from Community Connect declined to comment as she is waiting for information from the City.

Other flagship events received the amounts they applied for.

Funding applications for flagship events are assessed on a range of criteria including community need, community benefit, accessibility, financial need, financial contribution, city acknowledgement and experience.

The City endorsed $87,000 for Cultural Development Fund Flagship Events in the 2015-16 budget.

Mr Holland said the City would be considering further funding applications on a year-round basis for the balance of funding available, which will be distributed to community and not-for-profit groups.

Stirling approved $30,000 for the 2015 Beaufort Street Festival, which will also get $75,000 from the City of Vincent.

City of Stirling cultural event grant applicants 2015-16:

Beaufort Street Festival:

Requested – $30,000

Received – $30,000

Wembley Downs District Fair:

Requested – $13,000

Received – $13,000

Balga Community Connect:

Requested – $15,000

Received – $7000

Scarborough Carols:

Requested – $15,000

Received – $10,000

Rotary Carine Community Fair:

Requested – $12,000

Received – $12,000

Osborne Park Agricultural Show:

Requested – $15,000

Received – $15,000