Coldstream festival in line for cash help
By SALLY GORDON
THE Yamba Chamber of Commerce is considering injecting $10,000 into this year's Surfing the Coldstream festival.
If the coastal chamber goes ahead with the proposal, it will be the organisation's biggest one-off sponsorship deal to date.
Pushing the idea is chamber president Sue Hughes who floated the proposal to members at a meeting on Monday night.
"I think it's really important for the community to see we have confidence in the festival and that we're willing to be the first sponsor," Ms Hughes said.
Members agreed to consider the funding, provided Surfing the Coldstream festival director Dom Ferry submitted a detailed outline for this year's event.
During the meeting Mr Ferry reiterated the success of last year's festival, held at the end of October. He said the two-day arts, fringe festival generated over $500,000 in revenue alone in Yamba, was attended by almost 10,000 people and involved a team of 400 participants.
"To our knowledge, this was the largest free-entry festival program in rural NSW in 2005. Nothing equals it, the only thing that comes close is the Syd- ney festival," Mr Ferry said.