One-off funding boost for Pako Festa

Monday, 3 December 2018

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 support.

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.

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 calendar.

Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy:

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.

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