Stirling culture boost

STIRLING council has dropped an extra $10,000 into supporting cultural events.

At this week’s council meeting, councillors were feeling generous about supporting community-based events and bumped up the recommended funding for the Inglewood night markets, Osborne Park agricultural show, the Mt Lawley Christmas festival and the popular photography centenary.

“It was all about activation and supporting the community events…to assist them and to help them off the ground,” Cr David Lagan said.

Meanwhile, Stirling is so pleased its Summerset Arts Festival has been selected as a finalist for the Australian Event Awards it’s spending $5455 to send mayor Giovanni Italiano to the Sunshine Coast awards for two days.

The awards recognise events regardless of size or location, and a whole range of sporting, arts, charity, and tourism events are submitted for consideration each year.

Last year, best community event trophy was taken home by the Adelaide Writers’ Week.

Now in it’s eighth year, the Summerset festival draws 30,000-plus crowds to Stirling with music, comedy, theatre, circus, and art staged over 17 days.

by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM

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