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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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Summernats to return in 2013
johny 12:41 pm 09 Jan 12

Wow the government gave summernats $100,000 and it was predicted to pump 1.5 to 2 million back into the local economy. Sounds like a government made a good investment with its funding.

EvanJames 12:10 pm 09 Jan 12

If the justification for gov’t funding of an ostensibly profit-making event is that local businesses benefit from the increased custom…. um wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient for the gov’t to wander around dishing money straight to the businesses, rather than having to do it via the rather more complicated route of Summernats?

KB1971 12:02 pm 09 Jan 12

AG Canberra said :

Providing some funding to Summernats, Floriade, the Raiders, Brumbies or GWS is something governments should do. They should also support artistic endeavours and other social events.

The key thing is to ensure that the provision of that cash assists in providing the residents of (and visitors to) Canberra with a diverse range of events, activities and experiences. Not all of us will go to everything on offer. But it is important for communities to have a broad range of things to do, see and experience.

$100k for an event that gets 90 000 people through the gate is probably not a bad investment whatever that event may be.

Absolutely. Its cheap compared to the V8 Supercars.

I really dont have a big problem with events like Floriade, each to their own. It the haters who stand up & ridicule events that dont suit them that get on my goat.

The new owners are trying to change the event, Rome wasn’t built in a day, give them a break.

@ Bikhet – Why is it wrong? I am just saying that every organiseation should get a go if they meet the critera for funding. People are saying Summernats should not get it because of the bogans, hell, Cricket has been trying to control its idiots for years…………

Watson 11:50 am 09 Jan 12

It’s really, really, really not my thing and the noise is obnoxiously loud from my backyard, I didn’t like having to wait ages at the register of our local IGA while the SN punters paid for their grog – but was glad a local business was profiting, and I was quite shocked when I went to our fave dog walking spot and had to decide to just turn back because the smog was so thick and toxic. But live and let live, hey… And I actually didn’t see or hear any hooning in our local streets at all this year.

Though that toxic smoke thing… I would not subject my lungs to it for even 20 minutes, let alone that I would take my young child to breath that in for a day.

bikhet 11:41 am 09 Jan 12

KB1971 said :

qbngeek said :

Can I just ask why the government is providing money to a for-profit business to run this when there a myriad of other issues that would be better funded. Junior sport, homelessness ($105k could pay rent for a family for 3-4 years), pedestrian awareness campaign.

If the bogans want Summernats, they can pay. If it brings in money for the local economy then the businesses that make money off it can sponsor it. I am willing to bet the hotels/motels in Canberra made more than $105k in profit in one year from Summernats.

Where have you been? Belco Man has been whinging about all of this last week in the other Summernats thread.

Summernats isnt the only profitable sporting (& I use that term loosely) organiseation that recieves funding. You mention football, bothe NRL & AFL locally have recieved funding but their backyards are definately not squeaky clean.

At least there seems to be a slight turn around towards motoring events form the days of Jon Stanhope, at least Katie seems to want to promote a large motoring event rather that shut it down ala V8 Supercars.

Its a pity the ROC cant get better event locations other than Kowen.

I personally disagree that Floriade is wholley government funded but as I said in the other thread, I dont get on here & piss & moan about just because it something I dont want to do.

The AFL, NRL etc shouldn’t receive government funding either. Two, or more, wrongs don’t make a right.

AG Canberra 11:41 am 09 Jan 12

Providing some funding to Summernats, Floriade, the Raiders, Brumbies or GWS is something governments should do. They should also support artistic endeavours and other social events.

The key thing is to ensure that the provision of that cash assists in providing the residents of (and visitors to) Canberra with a diverse range of events, activities and experiences. Not all of us will go to everything on offer. But it is important for communities to have a broad range of things to do, see and experience.

$100k for an event that gets 90 000 people through the gate is probably not a bad investment whatever that event may be.

what_the 11:40 am 09 Jan 12

Eppo said :

KB1971 said :

I personally disagree that Floriade is wholley government funded but as I said in the other thread, I dont get on here & piss & moan about just because it something I dont want to do.

I don’t think people ‘piss and moan’ because it’s not something that interests them. More that government funding goes to an event where this sort of behaviour is acceptable: http://the-riotact.com/tits-out-request-from-15yr-olds-with-poll/63180#comments

NRL, AFL etc may not have clean backyards, but I’m yet to see a sign like that out at a Brumbies match.

I guess you haven’t been listening to the crowd too closely then have you. I didnt know government funding and morality was so closely linked.

And Im pretty sure it’s exactly why they piss and moan about. Like a whole weekend is such a blight on their existence.

KB1971 – yep, Stanhope Govt seemed to have a hatred of motorsport closing down every venue possible.

Deref 11:27 am 09 Jan 12

This year’s seemed relatively innocuous. The hoon quotient increased by a couple of notches but, compared to previous years, it didn’t seem too bad.

Eppo 11:18 am 09 Jan 12

KB1971 said :

I personally disagree that Floriade is wholley government funded but as I said in the other thread, I dont get on here & piss & moan about just because it something I dont want to do.

I don’t think people ‘piss and moan’ because it’s not something that interests them. More that government funding goes to an event where this sort of behaviour is acceptable: http://the-riotact.com/tits-out-request-from-15yr-olds-with-poll/63180#comments

NRL, AFL etc may not have clean backyards, but I’m yet to see a sign like that out at a Brumbies match.

KB1971 10:59 am 09 Jan 12

qbngeek said :

Can I just ask why the government is providing money to a for-profit business to run this when there a myriad of other issues that would be better funded. Junior sport, homelessness ($105k could pay rent for a family for 3-4 years), pedestrian awareness campaign.

If the bogans want Summernats, they can pay. If it brings in money for the local economy then the businesses that make money off it can sponsor it. I am willing to bet the hotels/motels in Canberra made more than $105k in profit in one year from Summernats.

Where have you been? Belco Man has been whinging about all of this last week in the other Summernats thread.

Summernats isnt the only profitable sporting (& I use that term loosely) organiseation that recieves funding. You mention football, bothe NRL & AFL locally have recieved funding but their backyards are definately not squeaky clean.

At least there seems to be a slight turn around towards motoring events form the days of Jon Stanhope, at least Katie seems to want to promote a large motoring event rather that shut it down ala V8 Supercars.

Its a pity the ROC cant get better event locations other than Kowen.

I personally disagree that Floriade is wholley government funded but as I said in the other thread, I dont get on here & piss & moan about just because it something I dont want to do.

Ian 10:52 am 09 Jan 12

watto23 said :

The ACT government will endorse summernats, but couldn’t be bothered with a much higher profile event like the V8 supercar race….
I should not be surprised I guess.

There is the little matter that one costs a few hundred k in sponsorship and services, the other no doubt would cost several million.

watto23 10:03 am 09 Jan 12

The ACT government will endorse summernats, but couldn’t be bothered with a much higher profile event like the V8 supercar race….
I should not be surprised I guess.

qbngeek 10:01 am 09 Jan 12

Can I just ask why the government is providing money to a for-profit business to run this when there a myriad of other issues that would be better funded. Junior sport, homelessness ($105k could pay rent for a family for 3-4 years), pedestrian awareness campaign.

If the bogans want Summernats, they can pay. If it brings in money for the local economy then the businesses that make money off it can sponsor it. I am willing to bet the hotels/motels in Canberra made more than $105k in profit in one year from Summernats.

Mang 9:00 am 09 Jan 12

I had a great time at the Nats on saturday, looking forward to the same again next year.

BelcoMan 12:04 am 09 Jan 12

Yippee – not!

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