Concert a double whammy for ratepayers

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 05:00 26/12/2013

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Invercargill ratepayers are coughing up $18,000 for a concert that will cost them $75 a ticket to attend.

The Classic Hits Winery Tour, featuring The Exponents, Stan Walker and Breaks Co-op, will be held on February 20 at Anderson Park in Invercargill..

But city council events committee chairman Peter Kett is defending the funding and claims the economic benefits to the city will outweigh the fact the event may be out of reach for some Invercargill residents.

"I feel that $75 is quite cheap."

Mr Kett conceded the event may not be affordable for everyone, but said it was "aimed at everyone".

But it was more about attracting people to the city who would hopefully stay several days and see what it had to offer.

"It could be a huge event."

While Mr Kett might not be dancing along to the headline acts he would definitely be attending the concert to see if it was a success, he said.

"We have got see if it works, if we don't spend a dollar we achieve nothing."

"I think it is a fair price to pay to see if it works."

Mr Kett said the committee made the decision before he was on the council, but he would have backed the decision.

Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King echoed his sentiment and said the concert was a chance for a national tour to come to Invercargill.

"We obviously want people to come into the city for it."

When asked if he thought the tour was affordable for Invercargill residents, Mr King said "they certainly can afford it elsewhere".

Mr King said the council was simply giving the February concert a go.

"Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

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