TINA Arena could be performing at Claremont Park after councillors agreed to contribute $25,000 toward the performers booking fee.
The proposal divided opinions at last week’s Town of Claremont meeting.
Deputy Mayor Bruce Haynes was wary of the potential risks involved and described the event as “inherently dangerous and unpredictable”.
Cr Haynes said it was impossible to say whether the predicted 5000-8000 people would attend because the free community event was not ticketed.
“If 25,000 people turn up it could be dangerous; I would prefer two smaller concerts with local artists,” he said.
Cr Haynes said councillors would “wear egg on our faces” if the event was unsuccessful. Cr Karen Wood said the $25,000 was not “going out on a limb” for the Town but was an “opportunity too good to miss”.
“Tina Arena is not going to attract people with slabs of beer; because it is a free event it will attract families,” she said.
In previous years the council has funded two smaller community concerts, but plans to combine the funding and resources for one larger event.
Cr Paul Kelly said there was no need to change because the smaller concerts were already a success.
“To invest money in one big-bang pop artist is questionable,” Cr Kelly said.
“Claremont prides itself on keeping small and local.”
Cr Jill Goetze said the event would also be an opportunity to involve local sponsors.
“It is a great drawcard to promote the town centre with minimal cost,” Cr Goetze said.
The Town has started negotiations with Arena’s agent and its contribution is included in the draft 2015-16 budget. The remaining $25,000 booking fee will be secured through local sponsorship.