Events boom with Council backing

The Beats in the Heat festival will remain on the events calendar in 2016 as one of the latest round of events funded through the City of Karratha’s Major Events Sponsorship Scheme.

The Fervor dinner series will also come to Karratha in 2016 having received a $25,000 grant from the program.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the funding scheme was a great way to help new events get off the ground and maintain the City’s position as the events capital of the North West.

“We have grown a fantastic events calendar over the past few years and the MESS scheme is a great way to support local businesses that have great ideas for new events,” he said.

“This is a seed funding scheme where we help new events to get off the ground with a view to them becoming self-sustaining in the future,

“We have funded a diverse range of events including music festivals, food and wine festivals and sporting events through the scheme helping to diversify and improve our calendar.”

The Fervor dinner series will involve an outdoor fine dining as part of a “Pilbara Coastal Experience” including locally sourced foods.

Beats in the Heat will expand to a two day music festival featuring top line acts from Australia as well as local talents.

Events have in principle funding for three years and will be reviewed each year against the key performance indicators of economic impact, attendance and media coverage.

Two other proposed events, the North West Fashion Festival and Pilbara Wellness Adventure retreat will be considered by Council in the New Year following a request for more information from the applicants.