Council has approved a
one-off funding boost of $10,000 to support the 2019 Pako Festa, as organisers seek
to combat rising costs.
The funds, which will come from Council’s 2018-19 budget, have been made
available after a notice of motion from Mayor Bruce Harwood received unanimous
Pako Festa is Victoria’s largest free multicultural celebration, attracting
around 100,000 people to Pakington Street, Geelong West in February each year.
Organised by Diversitat, it is part-funded by Council via Geelong Major Events
(GME), who will contribute $72,000 in 2019.
But the event is now facing increasing costs associated with mitigating risk,
insurance and staffing.
In light of this, the state government has also upped its funding in 2019 from
$100,000 to $150,000.
Figures presented to Council by GME earlier this year estimated Pako Festa
delivers an economic benefit to the region of just over $5 million.
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
Pako Festa is an iconic
Geelong event, and a unique celebration of our amazing multi-cultural
community. It attracts people from 43 different cultures, all proudly
showcasing their traditional colours, dress, dance and food.
Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy:
For that reason Council was happy to support Diversitat’s request for this
one-off budget allocation to help with rising costs. If you’ve never
experienced Pako Festa, it is well worth booking 23 February 2019 into your
Anyone who knows Geelong
knows about Pako Festa. We’ve grown up with it and it’s an event we’re all very
proud of. It’s a day when everyone in our multicultural community celebrates as
one and enjoys themselves. So I’m pleased we’ve agreed to provide this funding.