Gladstone Festivals and Events manager Judy Whicker at last night?s Gladstone Harbour Festival committee
Gladstone Festivals and Events manager Judy Whicker at last night?s Gladstone Harbour Festival committee

Deadline set

By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE future of the Gladstone Harbour Festival remained clouded last night after the organising committee gave the community until next month to show its support.

Thirty people attended the meeting which was called after it was revealed last week that the 2005 festival had recorded a $70,000 loss.

Committee chairman Dave Burns told the meeting while it was not in debt, the festival did not have enough capital to remain operational without extra assistance.

After attacking Gladstone City Council last week for not committing to further assistance, Mr Burns said it was time the broader community took more responsibility for the future of the festival.

"I'm not picking on Gladstone (City Council) but we do need more assistance from council,'' Mr Burns said.

"But we also need more assistance from all the people who benefit from this festival.

"It's about time the community kicked in with a bit more help.''

The committee will meet in May to gauge financial support and decide if the 2006 festival would be held and what format it would take.



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