Ecofest may become one-day event

Last updated 12:58 31/03/2014

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A one-day Ecofest looks to be on the cards for Nelson at Founders Heritage Park.

The Nelson City Council agreed last week to accept expressions of interest from external parties to run the event, as councillors said it was an important event and brand for the city.

The event has been run as a two-day event and was jointly funded by the Nelson and Tasman councils for $30,000.

Tasman District Council spokesman Chris Choat said nothing was "set in concrete" from Tasman's end about what it would do and it would discuss options with Nelson, as there was an historical relationship between the two councils running the event.

Nelson council communications manager Angela Ricker said staff will be working with those who are interested in running the event to "develop a realistic cost estimate" and the successful organiser will be expected to make money through ticket sales and sponsorship.

Ms Ricker said the council had already been contacted by a number of interested organisations and was confident at this stage that the event would go ahead. Council staff would help advise whoever ended up running the event.

Council manager environmental programmes Chris Ward had previously told council that the Ecofest had evolved into a trade show and staff time would be better spent on environmental projects such as the Maitai River.

On Thursday councillor Matt Lawrey said there was nothing wrong with the event evolving into a trade show as it was a positive way to support the green economy.

Those interested in running the event can contact the council environmental programmes officer, Richard Frizzell on 03 546 0423 or email Richard.Frizzell@ncc.govt.nz

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