Council has proposed new guidelines to better manage events at Council facilities and on community land.
Council’s draft Event Management Policy is open for community consultation and sets out clear guidelines for the hire of council facilities, including ovals, recreation parks and open space parks and gardens.
Under the reviewed policy, ovals will no longer be available for high impact events that could damage oval surfaces. Council staff will work with event organisers to select the most appropriate facilities for their event, which may include multiple venues for different event activities.
The policy also supports environmentally responsible event practices with a focus on redirecting event waste to recycling and organic streams.
Where facilities are consecutively booked on weekends and after hours, event organisers will be responsible for leaving them clean and tidy, with the option to request additional waste bins.
Mayor Bim Lange encouraged people to review the draft event management policy and contribute to this important community conversation.
“We know local events deliver a range of benefits, building community spirit and participation and attracting visitors to our region, and we don’t take this for granted,” he said.
“In recent years we’ve had to balance the needs of event organisers with the demand to maintain high quality sporting surfaces. This Policy outlines our genuine commitment to working with event organisers to get the best outcomes for their event without causing damage to our premier sporting venues.”