Tilba Festival Committee gives back

FESTIVAL DONATION: Chrissy Montague and Erica Dibden handing over cheque for $2000 from Tilba Festival Committee to Narooma Men’s Shed representative Phill Stokes.
FESTIVAL DONATION: Chrissy Montague and Erica Dibden handing over cheque for $2000 from Tilba Festival Committee to Narooma Men’s Shed representative Phill Stokes.

THE Tilba Festival Committee held its financial report meeting recently and went through a process of deciding which local non-for-profit community organisations should receive donations.

Nearly $40,000 was raised by the festival this year. 

After paying all costs and ensuring some funds have been put aside to improve staging for next year, including reducing risks to the wonderful volunteers assisting to put up heavy stages and to ensure acoustics are adequate for the terrific bands being showcased, there was a total of $15,000 available to donate.

President Sally Pryor said the committee was anxious to ensure that funds go back into and benefit the local community, supporting community initiatives, which provide social connection and benefits for all age groups through sharing local skills and knowledge, and celebrating culture, heritage and history.

The funds were recommended for donation as follows:

* $2000 to the Anzac Committee to support an Anzac Day Exhibition in 2015 in the School of Arts Large Hall

* $2000 to the Tilba CWA to provide shade for their picnic area in the playground and towards furnishing their future headquarters under the Small Hall

* $2000 to the Narooma Men's Shed to assist them in finding a permanent home (and encourage Tilba residents to attend)

* $1000 to the Tilba RFS to support their ongoing role in keeping the village safe

* $8000 to the Central Tilba School of Arts Trust to support the current renovations to the Small Hall which is in need of fire stairs and a new roof.

All feedback from visitors and businesses alike has been very positive with regard to the day of the festival, and the committee would like to thank those local businesses who donated prizes or volunteered their time and/or resources: Temporary Fence Hire, ABC Cheese Factory, The Bryn at Tilba, Tilba Leather, Bates General Store, Eumun Tea, Mockingbird Lane Antiques, The Dromedary Hotel, Tilba Bakery, Tilba Sweet Shop, Tilba Tricks, Sapphire Blue, My Heaven on Earth, Gulaga Gallery, Bath Patisserie, Indulgence at Tilba and Studio Corner.

The new committee has learned a great deal about the process, have lots of ideas to do things better and more efficiently next year, and have an action list compiled ready to prepare for 2015.

To this end, the Festival Committee will be holding its AGM a little earlier this year, on Monday, July 21.

The festival relies heavily on the support of volunteers, without which it could not go ahead.

Local residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to come along to the meeting and get involved to support this event that showcases the beautiful village and supports local organisations. 

For more information please feel free to email committee president sallypryor@aapt.net.au or phone 4473 7522.


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