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Council backs community events

By August 30, 2021News

Bush poetry, endurance horse riding, chamber music and a health expo are among the latest events to be supported by Orange City Council.

Up to $100,000 is available annually through Council’s Event Sponsorship Program.

EVENT FUNDING: Council agreed to event sponsorship for the Orange Wine Festival Night Market, proposed for 1 October 2021.

This is the second round of funding for the 2021/2022 financial year for events being held from October to December with $37,000 allocated.

The requests came mainly from community organisations and funding is subject to the events going ahead in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said it was great to see local groups were enthusiastic about organising future events, under the current circumstances.

“These groups see a light at the end of the tunnel and we as Council are pleased to support their endeavours to reinvigorate the city and support the local economy in future,” Cr Kidd said.

“The events have the potential to provide a huge boost for the hospitality sector of Orange, especially the accommodation providers who have been hit hard by the pandemic.”

The grants included:

  • $5,000 to Book Orange for the A Night in Nashville event. Proposed to be held at the Orange Showground Agricultural Pavilion on 17 and 18 December 2021, the event offers to provide a great night of country music, themed costumes, entertainment, food and fun.
  • $5,000 to Canobolas Endurance Riders Club for the Matar Stables Bullio Cup 2021 from 29 October to 1 November 2021. The endurance horse riding event will travel through Canobolas State Forest and neighbouring land owned by Newcrest Mining.
  • $10,000 to the Orange Region Vignerons Association for the Orange Wine Festival Night Market 2021. Proposed for 1 October 2021, the event will feature up to 55 wine and food stalls and is a signature event of the Orange Wine Festival.
  • $726 to the Western NSW LHD for the Health Expo 2021. To be held from 24 to 25 November 2021, the event is for all maintenance staff working at NSW Health facilities in the Western NSW district.

Funding was also approved for two events, despite being outside the funding timeframe. This will ensure organisers have sufficient time to secure performers and judges.

The events are:

  • $12,000 to the Rotary Club of Orange for the National Bush Poetry Performance Championship 2022. To be held from 17-81 February 2022, the national championships will be held in conjunction with the 2022 Banjo Paterson Australia Poetry Festival, celebrating its 14th year.
  • $4,800 to the Orange Chamber Music Festival for the Cultured – Orange Chamber Music Festival 2022. Proposed for 30 April 2022, the festival aims to invigorate the arts cultural precinct, showcasing the Southcourt area, including Orange Regional Gallery, Orange Regional Museum, Orange Visitor Information Centre, Orange Civic Theatre and the Groundstone Cafe.

Because Book Orange is not a not-for-profit organisation, the proposed $5,000 grant has been placed on public exhibition for 28 days.

Applications for the third round of event sponsorship funding open on 1 October 2021 and close on 14 November 2021. Eligible event dates are from 1 January 2022 to 31 March 2022.

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