Promotions feud gets respite

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 12:00 16/11/2012

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Feilding Promotion's ongoing feud with Manawatu District Council has taken a temporary respite after the council granted it $8000.

The organisation has been given $5000 to help cover costs of hosting the Feilding Christmas parade next month and $3000 for the opening ceremony of the World Orienteering Championship in January next year.

At the council's strategy and policy meeting yesterday, councillors voted unanimously for Feilding Promotion to get the funding.

Cr Barbara Cameron said it was good to know exactly where the money was going to be spent.

Council community services group manager Brent Limmer said the cost of Feilding Promotion hosting such events would have previously been part of the core funding because it paid for staff organising events.

The council had previously resisted Feilding Promotion's lobbying for more money.

But now the events are "considered a deliverable" and were eligible to receive money under the council's community development fund.

Feilding Promotion manager Helen Worboys said the ongoing issues around core funding were yet to be resolved. But she was pleased to receive the extra funding.

"It's the only way these events are going to happen and we're happy to put our time and effort into them, because they are key events," she said.

The council has repeatedly declined requests from Feilding Promotion to double its council grant from about $160,000 a year to $339,000 this year.

This led to Feilding Promotion cancelling the Manfeild fireworks display, because it was reaching what it called a "crisis point".

Feilding Promotion had warned other events could follow suit if funding issues were not sorted.

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- Manawatu Standard

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