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Perth council uses budget surplus to try and snatch back WA Day festival



The City of Perth has dipped into its budget surplus to try and bring the WA Day festival celebrations back into the CBD.

Councillors approved a last minute $150,000 sponsorship grant at a special council meeting on Tuesday night but the offering fell well short of the $500,000 requested by Celebrate WA, the event organiser, which it said was needed to move the event from Burswood.

SOTA could be coming back to the Perth CBD.Credit:SOTA

The Celebrate WA board is now mulling where to hold the $2.6 million event, which runs from June 6 to 7, after not getting all the funding it was after from the local government.

Board member Fiona Kalaf told the special council meeting $150,000 was not adequate.

“The costs of operating in the city are…

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