Calliope refuses festival request for funds
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CALLIOPE Shire Council would need to see a proper business plan before it would consider financially assisting the Harbour Festival.
The council has refused a request by letter from the Gladstone Festivals and Events Association for $10,000 to allow it to continue to operate until the next festival.
Council chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said council would want to see a business plan before it gave any thought as to whether it would assist the festival.
'Anyone else would have a business plan that identified risks, how to address the risk and who would be assigned the risk,' he said.
Council also took a swipe at The Observer and other media that urged councils to step in and help the festival association.
'It would be the same media that will give us a flogging if we have to put up our rates,' Mr Kanofski said.
In the letter, appearing under the name of the association's gen-eral manager Judy Whicker, an outline of the association's Business Plan was attached.
The letter said once all accounts were paid, the association would be able to supply up to date financial information. However, Mr Kanofski said what the association supplied was not a commercial business plan 'which addresses more issues than this does .
'One of the key agreements in a commercial plan is identification of risk ? it assesses risks, and this doesn't.'
Council members agreed the festival was an important 'icon' for the Gladstone region and that it must be preserved if possible.
They suggested the association charge an entry fee, possibly a gold coin donation, to help meet costs.
The council will ask for a full assessment of the festival's association's accounts and consider the matter further at a future meeting.