City of Vincent Mayor disagrees with calls for Beaufort Street Festival to be held over two days

City of Vincent Mayor John Carey at the Beaufort Street sign.
City of Vincent Mayor John Carey at the Beaufort Street sign.

CITY of Vincent Mayor John Carey disagrees with calls for the Beaufort Street Festival to be held over two days.

‘I’m not keen to see it run over two days,’ Mr Carey said.

‘I don’t think anyone anticipated this level of growth.

‘But I don’t think the ambition of festivals should be to get bigger.’

More than 150,000 people attended the festival on Saturday, November 15, surpassing the expected 120,000.

Organisers had to cancel the planned Mexican wave so they could focus on controlling the crowd.

Mr Carey has called for a cash injection of $100,000 from the State Government or a sponsor to secure the non-profit festival’s future.

Clarences co-owner Lloyd Smith backed the call for more funding and said he would like to see the festival run over two days.

‘It takes a lot of time and money to run the festival,’ he said.

‘So I’m all for more funding to keep it going.

‘I think having it over two days would be good for the crowds because it can be a bit uncomfortable and it would be good for us.’

Mr Smith said the festival was the busiest day of the year for the small bar.

‘We’ve been involved in every festival since the beginning so we know what to expect,’ he said.

‘We are at capacity from 1pm until closing.

‘It’s great for the area.’

The City of Vincent and Beaufort Street Network jointly took out the Great Place Award at the 2014 Planning Institute of Australia WA Awards on Friday, November 14.

Mr Carey said the win, for the revitalisation of the Beaufort Street neighbourhood, was recognition of the success of an innovative approach to place-making.