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Ecofests get revamp in cost-cutting drive

Last updated 12:18 20/06/2014

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Two mini-Ecofests will be held in Nelson and Tasman this year as the councils explore cheaper ways of delivering the popular annual environmental festival.

JR Events has been contracted by the Tasman District Council to run its one-day September event which will be held in the Motueka Recreation Centre. A similar festival will be held at Nelson's Founders Heritage Park.

Tasman councillors yesterday confirmed the Motueka event would proceed, but Mayor Richard Kempthorne was uncertain about holding two similar festivals in the region.

Community development manager Susan Edwards said two events have been held in the region for the last two years. "We have been holding a mini event in a smaller community and a larger event in the city," she said.

The closure of the environmental festival's traditional home, the Trafalgar Centre, opened the door to the two council's looking at holding separate events which would share branding, promotion, a website, tours and workshops.

Tasman has budgeted a $20,900 contribution to Ecofest. The cost of the Motueka event is estimated to be around $15,000.

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