Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Financial security, covid safety needed for Melbourne’s calender of events

Financial certainty for local events is crucial to getting more Victorians back out enjoying our world-class local musicians, food and wine producers and the vibrant arts and culture scene.

Proper financial support, including to help implement COVID Safe plans and insurance against cancellations due to COVID restrictions, will be crucial to rebuilding a thriving calendar of events.

Shadow Minister for the Events Industry David Southwick met with organisers of the St Kilda Festival in St Kilda today.

“Financial security against the uncertainty of eleventh hour cancellations will give organisers the green light to plan with confidence as we recover and rebuild Victoria’s reputation as the Events Capital of Australia,” he said.

The iconic event brings more than 400,000 people together each year to celebrate the best of Australian live music and culture.

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But it’s one of hundreds of local major events that are calling for more certainty against ever changing and confusing rules on health requirements and for more financial support to help meet the additional costs of COVID Safe plans and insurance.

The City of Port Phillip has requested an additional $250,000 for COVID Safe measures to ensure that the Festival can proceed safely and, in turn, provide a significant boost to local economic and cultural recovery.

The Andrews Labor Government must adopt the Liberal Nationals’ plan to restore a thriving local events scene.

Should the Festival have to be cancelled due to the pandemic then the government must provide an insurance guarantee, so organisers and suppliers are not out of pocket.

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To support our critical events and associated industries, the Victorian Liberal Nationals have announced a comprehensive $300 million Local Events Recovery Plan, which includes:

  1. $140 million to establish a Local Events Insurance Scheme to cover the cost of the potential cancellation of events from $20,000 up to $10 million
  2. $150 million for a new Local Events Attraction Fund to assist the events industry to attract and re-start local events. $20 million of this fund will be allocated to regional and rural events
  3. $10 million towards a new Local Events Safety Fund to assist industry stakeholders, businesses and local organisations to plan and deliver COVID Safe events

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