THE ACT Government must review its decision to deny funding for the Weston Creek Community Festival.
The Canberra Liberals motion, passed last night with amendments from the ACT Greens, calls on a review of the decision that saw the Weston Creek Community Council’s application for funding rejected with no explanation.
In addition, the Government will now be forced to provide clear public information about the process of ranking festival funding applications.
The ACT Festival Fund received 30 applications worth a total of $650,000 for a share of $220,000 worth of festival funding. Seventeen applications were deemed to be non-compliant and received no further consideration from the fund.
The Government will now need to simplify the process for festival fund applications to ensure a lower rate of non-compliant applications and give Weston Creek Community Council and other unsuccessful applicants information to help with their future applications.
Member for Molonglo Jeremy Hanson says the Weston Creek Community Festival is an important community festival that has been held for the past 40 years.
ACT Greens Spokesperson for Arts, Caroline Le Couteur says the ACT Government has been too focused on big ticket events while important community festivals are going begging.
“When a grant application process results in more than half of all applications being deemed non-compliant, there is a problem with the application process,” she says.