Three-year Tunarama commitment

THE Port Lincoln City Council will contribute about $100,000 to the Tunarama Festival over the next three years, including cash and in-kind support.
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Port Lincoln council will contribute $100,000 to Tunarama over the next three years, including cash and in-kind support.

The council this week confirmed its sponsorship for next year’s festival of $20,000 cash and $12,500 in-kind support, and voted to enter into a three-year agreement to give the festival committee more certainty about funding for future festivals.

The council has committed to continuing as a major sponsor of the event in 2016 and 2017 with increased cash contributions of $22,000 in 2016 and $23,000 in 2017.

The council will also continue its annual in-kind support worth $12,500 a year.

Festival coordinator Paul Sherry wrote to the council asking for confirmation of sponsorship and proposing a new three-year agreement to give both parties better ability to plan ahead, “without the need to review what is essentially an historic agreement”.

He also requested an increase in the cash component to $27,000 along with the continuing in kind contribution, to reflect what had been “the norm” over the period of the festival.

However the council’s chief executive officer Rob Donaldson said the council could not support an increase of almost 40 per cent in light of the advanced stage of the council’s budget preparation and the ongoing in-kind support provided by the council.

Mr Donaldson said the council’s cash sponsorship had stood at $20,000 since 2010/11 and an indexation of 2.5 per cent a year since 2011 would result in a cash sponsorship of $22,100.

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