ONE of Gladstone's most loved events could be placed on the chopping board.
Rumours have emerged; suggesting the 2013 Botanic to Bridge fun run could be under threat as the State Government applies pressure on Gladstone Ports Corporation to cut costs.
GPC yesterday declined to comment either way on the issue.
The corporation has run the event over the past two years and it has already become one of the most loved days on the region's calendar, raising money for schools and charities.
Friction between the government and GPC arose in June when Premier Campbell Newman accused the corporation of "financial mismanagement" and failure to maintain environmental standards.
The Premier then sacked GPC chairman Ian Brusasco, who said allegations of financial mismanagement were baseless.
It now appears GPC is under pressure to cut back its spending on sponsorships and donations and Botanic to Bridge could be front and centre of those changes.
While GPC is remaining tight-lipped on the issue, it is likely the organisation's main figures would be loathe to cancel the event.
It is unlikely the Government is asking GPC to specifically target the Botanic to Bridge, but Treasurer Tim Nicholls yesterday said the Government was "realigning the priorities" of government-owned corporations (GOC) to improve efficiency.
"We are committed to ensuring GOCs drive value for money for Queensland taxpayers and focus on their core tasks of providing efficient energy, water and commodity infrastructure services," he said.
"Funding decisions made around sponsorship opportunities are at the discretion of each GOC."
Money raised in 2010;
For Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving Club $20,887
For schools in the region $28,977
Money raised in 2011;
For Rosella Park School $22,499
For schools in the region $19,340