Waimate 50 sways council
Most Waimate councillors have changed their minds and will now support a big motorsport event.
The Waimate 50 at Labour Weekend has been given council funding in a turnaround decision.
The council signalled last year that it would not make a financial contribution.
But with the exception of Cr Matt Henderson, the council voted in favour of granting $7000 towards traffic management, road closures and resource consent costs at a meeting yesterday.
The council assisted event organisers with a financial contribution when the Waimate 50 returned to the streets of Waimate in 2010 after an 11-year hiatus, but it was not accommodated in the budget this year.
Mr Henderson said it was a cost to council in unbudgeted expenditure.
Cr Jim Anderson said he was opposed to any unbudgeted expenditure.
"This is where we are falling down; we keep ticking up unbudgeted expenditure."
Cr Peter Foley said the event attracted plenty of attention.
"For the amount of money we spend on public relations, I often question how much value we get for that.
"The Waimate 50 has got to the stage where the coverage we get is immense."
Deputy mayor Peter McIlraith supported funding the event.
"This is something that actually happens and you can smell it and taste it; I'm convinced that it's a bunch of people who are dedicated."
Waimate 50 Motorsport deputy chairman Rob Aikman said sponsorship had declined in 2012.
"Cuts have been made to advertising, printing, signage, function costs, awards, catering and other internal costs, along with the increase of competitor and spectator entry fees. The reality is that the running of such an event of this scale requires an enormous amount of capital and despite our best efforts and all the voluntary hours, our financial results for the first two events have only drawn even with no cash reserves."
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