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Summernats to return in 2013

By johnboy - 8 January 2012 46

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting us know she’s thrilled by news Summernats have exercised their option to return to Exhibition Park next year.

The event organisers, Out There Productions, have taken an option on their current two year contract to extend the event at EPIC for one more year.

The ACT Government has been a strong supporter of Summernats and has provided $105,000 over three years through the Events Assistance Program for business development, marketing and promotion of the event.

Organisers are confident that this year’s event has seen an increase in crowd numbers, however the swell in attendance has not seen an increase in any trouble, with ACT Police happy with behaviour overall.

“The ACT Government has been working closely with the Summernats organisers to assist with this year’s event and the return of the modified and very successful City Cruise down Northbourne Ave is another example of this partnership,” the Chief Minister said.

“I look forward to working with Summernats organisers over the coming months to make sure the festival remains a feature of the Canberra holiday season.”

Kind of blows the negotiating position out of the water.

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thatsnotme 11:14 am 10 Jan 12

BelcoMan said :

@”thats not me”

1. That is clear
2.Sponsorship – Open your Eyes – By the Government propping up this event, every business in Canberra pays for it as a form of pseudo-sponsorship – Why? why do businesses who receive no benefit from it pay? Keep it local.

No, every person and business who pays any form of tax is paying for it actually, not just businesses. If you accept your argument that we’re all paying some form of ‘sponsorship’ for the event, then we’re actually each paying less than 20 cents.

And as I keep on saying, Canberra as a whole does benefit indirectly from this event. If the ACT Government raises more in revenue than they are paying to support the event, then the government then has more money to supply services to ALL Canberrans – not just those who receive a direct benefit from the event. I’m really not sure why this is such a hard argument to grasp.

BelcoMan said :

3. It is currently impossible to determine what other events may come to town because they can’t. It is clear the ACT Tourism can not go out and market this as an event destination whilst this event is still ongoing.

That argument holds true for each and every large event that comes to town. The only difference here is that you have a dislike of Summernats, so you think it’s a bigger issue than it actually is.

And why couldn’t other events run in conjunction with Summernats? If ACT Tourism was worried at a lack of other events, surely there would be scope for them to sound out other operators who may appeal to a similar crowd as Summernats, and have them try to capture some of the market that’s already here?

I ask you again – what other events do you think may successfully run in the early January time period, while half of Canberra is out of town, and half of Australia is on holidays – likely somewhere with a beach as well? Saying ‘we can’t determine that because Summernats is on’ is a cop out – give me some of your ideas. You must have some, if you’re so worried about it?

BelcoMan said :

4. please feel free tosbow me where Summernats is complying with the “Equal opportunity for women” Act, Safe workplace Act, environmental sustainability etc. I don’t expect them to have more red tape, I merely expect that they ahould have to conform as every other event does (But I’m sure I already said that!)

Of course I can’t – I’m in no way associated with the event. How about you show me where they aren’t complying with the relevant legislation? Again, if you’re so worried about it, you must have some type of knowledge about where they aren’t complying – or are you just tilting at windmills?

Summernats isn’t exactly my cup of tea – never been, likely never will. But I can at least be open minded enough to recognise that financially, it helps Canberra, and that there are a whole lot of interest groups out there that I’ll never understand – but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t exist.

chewy14 10:52 am 10 Jan 12

Belcoman,
are you honestly trying to say that an event that brings millions into the ACT economy doesn’t benefity the ACT as a whole?
Sure most businesses don’t directly benefit but the businesses who do benefit will spend their money in the ACT, and so will the places that get that money and so on and so on.

Summernats fills a void in the event calendar for the ACT. Your assertion that we could have other events at this time is a bit silly. Canberrans aren’t going to stay in Canberra at this time of year no matter what is on. Its been that way since before Summernats and will be that way well after Summernats is gone. Our only hope is to attract Interstate visitors which Summernats does.

And you seem to think that Summernats don’t have to follow relevant government legislation. Got any proof?

I’ve never actually been to Summernats but I’ve got no doubt that it benefits our city greatly. The fact that it gets up a certain type of person’s nose is just a bonus, we can’t have flower shows or gallery exhibitions every weekend.

KB1971 10:18 am 10 Jan 12

BelcoMan said :

@”thats not me”

1. That is clear
2.Sponsorship – Open your Eyes – By the Government propping up this event, every business in Canberra pays for it as a form of pseudo-sponsorship – Why? why do businesses who receive no benefit from it pay? Keep it local.
3. It is currently impossible to determine what other events may come to town because they can’t. It is clear the ACT Tourism can not go out and market this as an event destination whilst this event is still ongoing.
4. please feel free tosbow me where Summernats is complying with the “Equal opportunity for women” Act, Safe workplace Act, environmental sustainability etc. I don’t expect them to have more red tape, I merely expect that they ahould have to conform as every other event does (But I’m sure I already said that!)

2) No business on Conder (or south of the lake really) gets a benifit from any major event held at Epic, Bruce Saduium or the AIS Arena for that matter. I really dont get how this really bears on your argument about Summernats.

3) The next big event to come to town is the show, what other big event can be on when that is on? It is equally as large with similar logistics. Incidentally, if someone wanted they could run a rock concert at Bruce Sadium, AIS, Commonwealth Park or any number of events in other areas of the city. Again, I dont get how Summernats stops this. Once an event centre is booked than they have exclusive rights to that centre, this is a normal business transaction that is nothing new, it doesnt sop other centres from holding events.

4) OHS & S legislation deals with employers and employees, not patrons. If the Summernats company did not harass and treat their employees with respect then they are abiding by the legislation. As I have stated before, I am not fully aware of the conditions of funding so there may be additional conditions imposed on crowd behavoir but I would imagine they would be forms of crowd control that deal with criminal behavoir such as assault, criminal damage & traffic offences (criminal & not criminal & hence the massive amounts of security).

I think you are just going to have to accept the its here to stay BelcoMan. Yep, it may not have the full social graces of a night at the opera but thats what makes society interesting.

Solidarity 9:48 am 10 Jan 12

It’s on again next year, most people don’t care about it, many people are for it and a few people against it.

People can bitch all they want but it’s on again next year, which is all that matters really

johnboy 9:11 am 10 Jan 12

Okwhatever said :

Ha ha the pedal pushers are out in force on this thread. If you don’t like it, stay inside for the weekend and sulk behind your curtains while you mumble hate about rev heads and toxic smoke (haha what a joke) while others enjoy life. The amount of negative, insulting and intolerant posts on RA makes it look like Canberra is full of d*cks.

Whereas your charming approach to winning people over gives completely the opposite impression.

Okwhatever 9:08 am 10 Jan 12

Ha ha the pedal pushers are out in force on this thread. If you don’t like it, stay inside for the weekend and sulk behind your curtains while you mumble hate about rev heads and toxic smoke (haha what a joke) while others enjoy life. The amount of negative, insulting and intolerant posts on RA makes it look like Canberra is full of d*cks.

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