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Council risks losing money-spinner

THE City of Perth is in danger of losing the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to other municipalities after it again rejected a request to donate $10,000 to organisers.

Town of Vincent Mayor John Hyde said his council had been approached by the parade organisers.

The parade, now celebrating its tenth anniversary, actually begins in Vincent.

It is believed the cities of Subiaco and Fremantle are also keen to secure the event.

Mr Hyde said Vincent council were sponsors of the Mardi Gras.

“At a meeting of Leederville businesses I was told they were keen to put up money to attract the event,” he said.

“Beaufort Street businesses are keen to do the same but Northbridge businesses want us to do what we can to keep it where it is.

“I would like to see the parade stick to its current route because it has cultural links.

“However, at the same time council is supportive of the parade and business and residents are too.”

Councillor Janet Davidson said giving the parade organisers the $10,000 was critical because Northbridge traders were keen to see it stay.

“It is imperative this festival be retained by the city,” Mrs Davidson said.

“We’ve never had a funding application from the parade organisers before. It has a proven track record.”

Councillor Laurance Goodman said it was clear the “overwhelming majority” of Northbridge traders wanted the event because it greatly boosted their turnover.

Mr Goodman said the council also stood to gain significant parking revenues from the event.

However, not all Northbridge businesses support the parade. Some restaurateurs believe it actually harms their trade.

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