The City of Kwinana is in the unfortunate position of having to remind residents that a number of regular events are cancelled in the lead up to Christmas.
Mayor Carol Adams said that when the City was preparing for its budget of 2020-21, it had committed to zero percent increase in rates revenue. This meant that funding had to be cut across a wide variety of ‘non-essential’ services.
At time the budget was being set, the City advised residents that its event program would be different this year as a result of the situation we were all facing due to the economic impact COVID19.
“Cutting spending was a difficult, but vital task for Council,” Mayor Adams said.
“We are accustomed to delivering a range of free and low cost programs and events to our community and we knew that these cancellations would be a disappointment to many people,” she said.
The City normally holds a large outdoor concert for families at Calista Oval in early December each year. In 2020, this event will not take place. The City also does not have budget available to conduct its regular Seniors Christmas Luncheons.
“We realise the cancellation of these events will be a huge disappointment for some, and for that we are very sorry, but difficult times call for difficult measures this year,” Mayor Adams said.
“We are directing all of our efforts towards attracting grants and other funding avenues for several family-friendly events in 2021, especially the highly popular Alcoa Children’s Festival, with the hope of bringing as much fun as possible to the Kwinana community after a difficult year for many."