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All that Jazz costs too much

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The Wangaratta Jazz Festival is an important event to the whole municapility with feedoffs for the King Valley Wineries, accommodation houses, the Oxley Market, etc. But it appears to be in trouble once again. Last year they threatened to abandon the Reid Street concerts and ultimately lost money.

Festival sets sights on retrieving $21,000 loss from last year
Written by SALLY EVANS (Chronicle 20/7/07)

THE Wangaratta Festival of Jazz last year suffered an unprecedented loss of more than $20,000 … Festival business manager, Greg Mirabella, described the recent deficit as “unusual”, with increased travel costs coming as the biggest setback … “The committee has this year appointed a professional business manager, which is my role, to make sure the festival provides a return this year,” Mr Mirabella said.

Keeping a close eye on the outcome of the festival will be the Rural City of Wangaratta, which committed $50,000 to the Reid Street component of the event on Tuesday night … Councillors, however, didn’t hesitate in backing the festival for the greater benefit of the rural city.

One would certainly hope that the RCoW keeps a very close watch on the festival financials. After all, aren’t we tearing down the Town Hall and building them a new Performing Arts Centre for $8 million.

Not only do they have to recover the loss from last year, they have to meet the costs of the ‘professional business manager’. That should just about consume the $50,000 provided by council.

It was then amusing to read in the same edition of the Chronicle that:

Council agreed to provide $5,000 to the (King Valley Vignerons) for the 2007 Shed Wine Show with funding for a subsequent year provisional on a marked increase in attendance from visitors outside the municipal boundaries.

Maybe they should hold the shed wine show on the Melbourne Cup weekend as that is the only way they will get ‘a marked increase in attendance from visitors outside the municipal boundaries’.

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Written by Greg Naylor

21 July 2007 at 8:14 pm

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