Carols curtailed

FOR the third year running there will be no standalone Carols by Candlelight at Langley Park.

Perth council staff said a standalone event was “not viable”, with not enough time to organise it and too many existing commitments.

Like last year, carols will instead be included in the Christmas Symphony at Langley Park.

• The last time the event went ahead was in 2016.

Cost-effective

At Tuesday night’s Perth council meeting, commissioners approved an additional $30,000 sponsorship of the WA Symphony Orchestra event.

Council staff said in a report to commissioners that including carols in the Christmas Symphony was “the most cost effective option”, but would investigate a standalone carols event next year.

Last year CbC organiser Variety announced that due to a shortfall in sponsorship, the long-running and highly popular event could not go ahead. In 2017 it was cancelled due to stormy weather.

by DAVID BELL

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Austerity measures

THE carols funding was one of many sponsorships approved by Perth commissioners at the July 30 meeting, but outgoing chair commissioner Eric Lumsden foreshadowed a more austere approach in future.

“Whilst individually they are small amounts, they actually add up in excess of half a million dollars. So this is of concern to the commissioners.”

But with the purse still open, Perth council sponsored:

• The men-only ATP Cup tennis tournament ($130,000);

• Pride WA ($65,000);

• STRUT Dance ($25,000) to collaborate with choreographer Hofesh Shechter;

• TEDxPerth ($15,000);

• The WA Bio Innovation Symposium ($10,000);

• Open House Perth ($80,000);

• Chung Wah Association ($75,000).

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