Have your say on future of festivals

Story appeared in: Torch | March 13th, 2018

THE future of two of Canterbury Bankstown's most popular festivals will come under the spotlight, with a council review of its major events program.
Canterbury Ward councillor Clare Raffan has genuine concerns over the future of Lakemba's Haldon Street Festival and the Campsie Food Festival, which have been held on alternative years since 2015.
At the last meeting of the council, Cr Raffan asked for an update on the review, after growing community angst over the survival of one or both of the festivals.
"There's a lot of differing information out there," Cr Raffan told the Torch.
"There's a paranoia in the community that the new council has lost sight of the old Canterbury council area."
Cr Raffan says both events are community driven, and businesses have raised the issue with her and wanted certainty over the festivals' viability.
"Shop owners are jumping up and down, and the matter needs to be sorted out. I want clarification, and some answers, that's why I asked for an update on the review."
More than 25,000 people take part in the Haldon Street Festival at Lakemba. The festival features food from around the globe, live entertainment across three stages, over 100 market stalls, a street parade, and rides. Similarly, the Campsie Food Festival centres on Beamish Street and Anzac Mall and attracts around 20,000 visitors, with both festivals running for over 15 years.
The review follows a mayoral minute in November 2017, when Cr Khal Asfour asked for an examination of events and their value to the community.
A spokesperson said residents can put their views forward in an online survey: "Until the review is completed, it's business as usual."
The survey is available at cb.city/haveyoursay.

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Publication: Torch | Section: News | Author: Mick Roberts | Story ID: 135254 | Viewcount: 505