Tamworth Regional Council’s proposes an event levy to help cover the costs of hosting them
Mayor Col Murray has called for an investigation into securing a “revenue stream” from local businesses which benefit from expensive major events such as the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
“It is important that council is proactive in ensuring those who benefit most from the attraction, management and subsidisation of major events are also making an appropriate contribution towards the cost of hosting those events,” he said.
Murray says the main beneficiaries of large festivals and events are accommodation providers, hotels, restaurants, cafes and retailers.
However, Tamworth Business Chamber President Jye Segboer said a fair levy needs to include everyone who benefits from the big events, such as supermarkets and airlines.
“Will they be asked to contribute as well?’ Segboer said.