Marching to new tune

New Pride WA committee members Sue Fisher and Laura Foster. Picture: Marcus Whisson d397180
New Pride WA committee members Sue Fisher and Laura Foster. Picture: Marcus Whisson d397180

A newly-appointed committee, including the two women, is set to reach out to the broader LGBTI community to get a better grasp on their needs in 2013.

Ms Fisher said they would consider hiring paid staff and adopting a festival model similar to Adelaide’s Feast and Sydney’s Mardi Gras to reduce volunteer burnout.

‘For the last 25 years the organisation has been almost entirely run on volunteer power,’ she said.

‘Funding organisations are saying to us they would be very interested in giving us money to do all the things we want to on the basis we have a break from trying to do it all ourselves and move forward into a completely more professional framework.’

It follows a difficult year for the organisation, which recorded a $31,479 loss for 2012.

At the recent AGM, acting treasurer Daniel Smith said the organisation ended the year in a position of potential insolvency.

‘Pride has since worked with its major creditors to write off some of its debts so that it has returned to a position of solvency with net assets of $1110,’ Mr Smith said.

Ms Fisher said the clean slate meant Pride could continue operating, and she hoped it would thrive under new direction and sponsorship.

‘Because we don’t have money in the bank, we’ll be doing a reduced, cost-neutral festival this year,’ she said

Following a strategic review and other changes, expected to take about two years, they will relaunch Pride with a new logo and line-up of events.

‘We want the parade to become that much more spectacular ‘