OBERON Council has put its money where its mouth is in showing support for a signature Mayfield Garden event.
Council has agreed to spend just over $4000 on a sponsorship package for Mayfield’s AutumnFest in April which entitles 30 guests to attend the music, wine, food and craft beer event.
The recommendation to pay the $4050 (30 guests at $135 per head) cost for the sponsorship package was carried at council’s December meeting.
It came after council received correspondence from Mayfield Garden seeking council’s support.
Nearly 1000 people attended the inaugural AutumnFest last year, which featured well-known musician James Reyne and band Boom Crash Opera, and Mayfield is looking to triple attendance numbers in 2018.
The package council has bought includes an exclusive tent area and “chill-out area” for guests in a premium location close to the main stage, the name of the sponsor on signage above the tent, Mayfield Garden's farmers’ lunch platter, exclusive bar and server, tickets to the festival, the sponsor logo on the booklet, a sponsor thank you on stage by the MC and corporate pull-up banner at the entrance.
Oberon Council general manager Gary Wallace's report to council said AutumnFest would be a unique opportunity to promote Oberon to council’s clients that had not previously been undertaken.
“The event would be a great opportunity to showcase Oberon to VIPs such as deputy premier John Barilaro and other dignitaries,” the report said.
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz has had preliminary conversations with the Oberon Business and Tourism Association (OBTA), which has indicated initial support for the concept.
The association, however, will not be able to make a decision on sharing the costs with council until its February meeting.
"This is considered too late to endorse this opportunity, but OBTA may wish to partner council with the package," Cr Sajowitz said.
Mayfield wants to be the entertainment hub for the Central West.