Tumbafest Acknowledged as Sustainable Event
Published on 22 September 2020
Snowy Valleys Council has acknowledged the dedicated efforts of the Tumbafest committee on their success in making the festival one of the Snowy Valleys’ premier tourism events.
Recognising the festival’s strength and sustainability, Council has approved the Committee’s request to re-establish as an Incorporated Association.
Mayor James Hayes said the move was a positive one and demonstrated the commitment of the various committee members who have, over the years created a sustainable and established annual event.
“The festival has repeatedly proven its force as a tourism attraction and the move to become incorporated is further evidence that the event is well supported by the community and visitors who return annually,” Cr Hayes said.
“For a committee to maintain its membership, of what is essentially a group of volunteers and continue to run a profitable and very popular festival is a credit to everyone involved”.
Council has also committed to continuing its major sponsorship of the festival until 2023.
“It was always our intention to continue our support for the festival and we think a commitment to provide sponsorship and in-kind support for the next three years is more than fair at this time,” Cr Hayes said.
Council sets aside an annual budget for sponsorship of local festivals and operates under the adopted Events Sponsorship Policy.
Assistance is available through financial contributions via grants and sponsorship; in-kind support including waiving of fees and charges, traffic control, road closures, site preparation, garbage services, toilet servicing, and staff time; and promotional support via Council publications and other marketing initiatives such as digital marketing.
“We are committed to supporting all current local festivals requiring assistance, while also ensuring that there is opportunity to support new and emerging events across the region; and that all are treated equitably,” said Cr Hayes.