St Pat’s welcomes new deal
Monday, 1st December, 2014
By Ethan James
The future of the St. Patrick’s Day race appears more secure after City Council agreed to offer in-kind support for the next five years.
At a council meeting last week, it was recommended that the Council form a new deal with the club.
It would include up to $10,000 of in-kind assistance to the event per annum.
The agreement is expected to include joint marketing activity, engagement with the Visitor Information Centre and in-kind services such as rubbish bin collection.
St Pat’s Race Club President Marg Corradini said the support was welcome.
“Since we started racing in 1966 Council has always supported St Pat’s and this is another step forward,” she said, adding it was also a win for tourism in town.
“We’re mindful of the position Council are in currently but it will benefit both parties ... we know how much a big event like St Pat’s brings to Broken Hill.”
St Pat’s gets more than 95 per cent of its business from local suppliers and employs 120 casual staff on race day.
In February last year, the club was at loggerheads with City Council over funding.
The club believed the council reneged on a $10,000 funding promise, forcing St Pat’s to cut jobs and advertising. At the time, then Council General Manager Frank Zaknich, denied that a verbal agreement was made.
Mrs Corradini stressed that it was “early days” for the current agreement and that more would be known once documentation has been signed.
“Council have shown they’re keen and we’re keen as well.
“But nothing has been signed and the MOU hasn’t been drawn up yet, so we’ll know more details about the agreement once that process begins.
“It gives both organisations some certainty as we plan for the next five years.”
“Between 2008 and 2012 we had a joint campaign on Channel Nine in Adelaide which proved extremely successful, a campaign where both the Race Club and Council contributed financially.”
Mrs Corradini said St Pat’s was now working with the Fringe Festival Committee as they plan their event in the period leading into 2015.
“We see it as part of our role to help these groups as we do with others such as the Silverton Recovery Day the more events we have around St Pat’s the more it will benefit the region.”
St Pat’s holds its 50th anniversary meeting next year.