CITY of Stirling has funded its flagship 2017/2018 cultural and arts events, seeing a return of the iconic Scarborough Christmas carols in December.
The City will spend $150,500 on old favourites such as the Osborne Park Agricultural Show and the Wembley Downs District Fair and new events such as the Scarborough Beach Sunset Markets.
Last year was the first time in 20 years the carols did not run due to safety and logistical issues from the $75 million Scarborough redevelopment works.
Scarborough Beach Association (SBA) president Wayne Bowen said while it was disappointing for businesses the carols weren’t held last year, City of Stirling funding and corporate sponsorship from 3 Oceans Property had allowed the event to continue.
“We have also been able to partner with Muscular Dystrophy WA as our charity partner,” he said.
“They are very excited about their involvement in the event and they have been very proactive in offering support to (organiser) Marlene Robbins, with anything they can possibly help with.
“We are very pleased that we have them alongside us and we are hopeful it will be a long term partnership, with both them and 3 Oceans.”
Mr Bowen said the SBA has also received a commitment from the City to have access to the amphitheatre for the event on December 10.
City officers initially recommended to fund Perth Eid Festival in Mirrabooka as a smaller level 2 cultural event but funding was upgraded to $20,000 after councillors put forward a case at an August 8 meeting.
Cr Keith Sargent said the Eid Festival deserved a “little more recognition” after attracting large crowds last year.
“Mirrabooka and Balga are very multicultural areas and this event allows for community groups to come to the festival and provide information for patrons,” he said.
Flagship cultural events funding:
– Inglewood Night Markets $30,000;
-Wembley Downs District Fair $15,500;
– Osborne Park Agricultural Show $20,000;
– Scarborough Beach Sunset Markets $25,000;
– Scarborough Carols $20,000;
– Mount Lawley Christmas Festival $20,000; and
– Perth Eid Festival $20,000.
Total amount: $150,500.