NARACOORTE Lions Club has offered to continue to plan and manage the "Taste the Limestone Coast Festival" beyond the current contract with the Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association.
This offer has been accepted by the association and it means that the festival will certainly continue over the next few years.
Naracoorte Lions have managed the festival for the last three years and have restored it to its highly successful, original format of promoting and celebrating the best of our local food, wine, entertainment and lifestyle in a varied and enjoyable weekend of activities.
In doing so, the Lions have been able to donate profits from the festival to the sum of $33,000 so far to worthy charities and appeals.
Over the past three years these have included national flood relief, the community CT scan appeal and the mobility access vehicle for the Naracoorte Health Service.
Association president Judy Johnson said: "Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association were delighted to receive this offer from Lions and the association had no hesitation in accepting the offer.
"The association looks forward to supporting and working with Lions beyond the 2014 festival and into the future."
Lions have also strengthened the festival partnerships with the Naracoorte Racing Club, Naracoorte Golf Club, Naracoorte North Kindergarten, the Art Gallery and the Limestone Coast Farmers and Makers Market group to ensure that the full weekend program is successful.
As part of the decision making by the Lions club to continue with the festival, Lions president Paul Nikkerud explained to members: "The Taste Festival has become the main fundraising activity for the club and it takes a full club effort with support from our partners and other service clubs.
"It is something our club does well and it allows us to provide meaningful financial support to worthy causes."
Lions club members supported the proposal as there is a strong feeling in the club that Naracoorte needs the Taste Festival and many other festivals and events like it, both for local residents and to attract visitors to stay in our town and region.
"We do not perhaps realise how lucky we are to live and work in this productive and attractive region and this is a good opportunity to relax, enjoy and celebrate with friends and visitors alike."