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Mount Gambier Council honours sponsorship for cancelled events
With COVID-19 causing the cancellation and postponement of a number of events, South Australia's Mount Gambier Council recently resolved to provide support to community event organisers through endorsing the payment of part or all sponsorship funding for events where a commitment was made in advance of the public health emergency.
City of Mount Gambier Chief Executive, Andrew Meddle advised “Council will not seek reimbursement of funds provided as part of an event sponsorship agreement for those events that have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19.”
A review of events auspiced by Council, such as the Mount Gambier Fringe Festival, is being undertaken for a further report to be presented to Council at a later date.
The Council’s latest response to COVID-19 is designed to reduce the financial impost on event organisers and is accommodated within the 2019/2020 budget, equating to approximately $250,000.
Meddle adds “as with support recently provided to community and sporting tenants there is a need for Council to take a consistent approach to how it deals with requests relating to event sponsorship payments.
“Given the funding has already been committed, the honouring of sponsorship payments is intended to maintain Council’s commitment to support these events.”
Meddle noted that the provision of this financial support is intended to bring event budgets back to a “level financial position”.
“It is hoped that this simple approach will help to protect the interests of those organisations that will have a role to play in partnering with Council as part of the recovery phase which will hopefully lead to a widespread economic ripple post-pandemic.
“The support for events clearly links to all three pillars of the ‘Our City, Our Response’ COVID-19 strategy.”
City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said the Council acknowledges that the majority of community events are delivered by volunteers.
Mayor Martin advised “we hope this support will go a little way towards securing the longevity of events in our city and provide some relief to those who contribute so much of their personal time and energy to deliver great local events for the community to enjoy.”
Organisers of Council sponsored events that have been impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to contact Council’s Events team to discuss their funding arrangements.
Image: The HPV Pedal Prix scheduled to occur in Mount Gambier in April is one of the many Council sponsored community events that has been forced to cancel due to COVID-19. Courtesy of City of Mt Gambier
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