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Bureau gains $180,000 from Perth City Council

PERTH City Council has approved an application by the Perth Convention Bureau for $181,500, but has called on the Bureau to make more advances to other parties for funding.

The grant was based on a 10 per cent increase on the previous year’s grant.

Councillor Judy McEvoy said it was important council was not seen as a cash cow but this amount was quite reasonable.

Cr Laurence Goodman said he also was in favour of the grant but believed the groups that benefited most from the Bureau’s work particularly the hotel industry should also contribute.

“I think the hotels give peanuts. The people who benefit directly are not contributing in any real sense,” Mr Goodman said.

He said in other states the hotel industry was supportive and the same should apply here.

Cr Lisa Scaffidi agreed but said some approach should be made to the Town of Victoria Park which benefited substantially through the Burswood Casino.

Cr McEvoy said the Bureau approached Victoria Park every year but received nothing.

“There is an approach made to Burswood casino every year, but (Victoria Park Mayor) Mick Lee doesn’t want to know about it,” she said.

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