NAIDOC funding slashed

PERTH council has slashed funding to NAIDOC week, reducing it from $30,000 last year to $8,714 this year, potentially compromising the scope of the event.

At Tuesday’s night council meeting, councillors also voted to increase the amount of cash they’d give to the Perth Fashion Festival, from the $230,000 staff recommended, to $255,000 in a motion moved by Cr Janet Davidson.

This year, NAIDOC Week’s July 2 opening ceremony is at Elizabeth Quay, and the city’s new policy states it should give a maximum of 10 per cent to any event held on Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority land, like EQ.

Reece Harley moved a motion urging colleagues to override that policy and give NAIDOC week $20,000 and he won support from councillors Lily Chen, Jemma Green and James Limnios, but lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi, Jim Adamos, Janet Davidson, Judy McEvoy and Keith Yong said no.

The report prepared by city staff stated that if they gave any less than the $20,000 NAIDOC had requested, it could “significantly impact the scale of the event”.

Minutes earlier, Cr Davidson had moved they give the Perth Fashion Festival an extra $25,000, bringing their total cash to $255,000.

Crs Harley, Limnios and Green voted against it, but they didn’t have the numbers. The PFF now has major corporate sponsors, and is technically known as the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. Last year Cr Limnios argued that because the festival had private sponsors, the city’s funding should be reined in.

by DAVID BELL

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