Light Up Camden loses council support

New: Camden's Christmas event is different this year. Picture: Brett Atkins
New: Camden's Christmas event is different this year. Picture: Brett Atkins

Camden Council has thrown its support behind the Jacaranda Festival instead of Light Up Camden for this year’s Christmas celebrations.

If Light Up Camden does go ahead – which is becoming increasingly unlikely – it will be a shadow of its former shelf as its main highlight, the tree-lighting ceremony, will now be held at the inaugural Jacaranda Festival on November 24.

The Light Up festival usually receives $10,000 in community grant funding from Camden Council but no council funds have been allocated to the event in 2018.

A Camden Council spokeswoman said the council’s Christmas celebrations will be incorporated into the Jacaranda Festival this year.

“Council advised the Camden Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry over a month ago that their application for Light Up Camden was not successful for funding and in-kind support,” she said.

”Council has encouraged the Camden Chamber to work with the Argyle Street Business Collective to create a community Christmas event for everyone to enjoy.

“Any large-scale community event on public land requires multiple annual approvals outside of the standard development application process.”

Camden Council provided $10,000 in funding to the Argyle Business Collective to host the Jacaranda Festival from November 23-25.

The Advertiser attempted to obtain comment on the matter from Camden Chamber of Commerce.

President Maryanne Strickling did not return calls or answer emailed questions.