AN UPCOMING cricket carnival mightn’t have its fees waived following an appeal to council.
Tamworth Regional Council will vote on a request from Central North Cricket Zone to wipe the costs associated with the Northern NSW Cricket Carnival, held at the end of next month.
Council has recently waived fees for the Country Cup gymnastics event, the National Primary Games and a baseball carnival.
However a report to council recommends deducting 30 per cent off the overall cost of the cricket comp, in line with the new significant sport event fee subsidisation policy.
The economic value of the cricketing event was not deemed great enough to warrant dropping the full amount.
“The basis for the recommendation of a subsidy for this NSW Cricket Carnival is due to the significantly lower number of visitors and economic benefit expected,” the report said.
The organisers told council the event would bring 175 cricketers to Tamworth for four nights.
“Based on sport tourism industry standards, this event will bring 280 visitors to the region with an anticipated economic benefit of approximately $300,000,” the report said.
The baseball carnival brought more than 900 people to town, while the primary games drew in more than 2300 people.
“Both these events attracted in excess of 900 visitors and an economic benefit of more than one million dollars for the community,” the report said.
The gymnastics event also had about 900 entrants and had more than $12,000 discounted from its bill to hire TRECC.
The cricket carnival organisers requested its full $4,053.77 worth of fees were dropped.
With a 30 per cent discount, council would drop $1,216.13 off the bill.
“Council’s significant sport event fee subsidisation policy caters for events such as this and under this policy the event qualifies to receive a 30 per cent subsidy,” the report said.
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