Kyogle Council refuses extra funds
KYOGLE Council has knocked back a request from the Kyogle Chamber of Commerce for a further $2000 to cover costs associated with last year’s Fringe Festival.
The council has already funded the festival, held in conjunction with the Repco Rally, to the tune of $42,000.
It initially put up $34,000 to run the festival, then chipped in another $8000 to help cover the festival deficit.
Kyogle mayor Ross Brown said last week that council had made it clear to the chamber at the beginning of September last year, when it first raised the possibility that the festival would be run at a deficit, that the extra $8000 was all the money council was willing to pay.
“We made it quite plain that the $8000 would be the end of it,” Cr Brown said.
“The chamber was told if the Fringe Festival deficit went over $8000, it would be their responsibility – the council would not be finding any further funds.”
At the same time, Cr Brown said the chamber had been advised by both himself and general manager Arthur Piggott to look at cutting back the festival, rather than run the risk of generating a funding deficit.
However, the festival went ahead as planned.
“Council’s decision to reject the chamber’s application for a further $2000 is totally consistent with what the council decided last September,” Cr Brown said.
Acting president of the Kyogle Chamber of Commerce, Joanne Moore, said she could understand the council’s decision, although it would make things difficult for the chamber.
“But we’re resourceful and we will be able to scrape the money together from other sources,” she said.