Taste committee donates earnings to charities

LIONS AND FRIENDS: (back from left) Julia Arnold, Rod Ross, Graham Henschke, Tammy Schinckel, Ross Gleeson, and Ian Davey. (Front) Julie Brodie, Jan Bittner, Norma Davis and Erika Vickery.
LIONS AND FRIENDS: (back from left) Julia Arnold, Rod Ross, Graham Henschke, Tammy Schinckel, Ross Gleeson, and Ian Davey. (Front) Julie Brodie, Jan Bittner, Norma Davis and Erika Vickery.

The Taste Committee, a subcommittee of the Naracoorte Lions, have presented representatives from the Naracoorte Lucindale Community Care Network and the Naracoorte and Districts Suicide Prevention Network (SPN) with the proceeds from this year’s festival.

The SPN received $10,000 and the Naracoorte Lucindale Community Care Network received $2000. 

There to hand over the cheques were Ian Davey (Lions president), Ross Gleeson (chair of the Taste Committee), Rod Ross (Taste Committee member), Graham Henschke (Taste Committee member), with apologies from other Taste Committee members Derek Blackwell, Malcolm McEachern, Trace Burgess (secretary) and Rob Norton (treasurer). 

There to collect the cheques for the Naracoorte Lucindale Community Care Network were Erika Vickery (chair), Tammy Schinckel (VC), Jan Bittner (secretary), and Norma Davis (treasurer).

From the SPN were Julie Brodie and Julia Arnold, with apologies from the chair Kathy Gailbraith.

“We had a very good festival,” said Mr Gleeson. “The raffle takings were up, sponsorship was up, gate takings were up by 30 per cent, and we had more food and beverage stalls than ever.

“Festival Friends was also up. Overall there were lots of positives.”

However Mr Gleeson noted that the costs associated with advertising, entertainment, and event infrastructure hire (like marquees, furniture etc) were going up “considerably”, which could hinder Taste’s ability to make a bigger profit.

“We (the committee) have to make sure that we take the festival forward,” Mr Gleeson said. “We have to look at trimming costs.”

Mr Gleeson explained that while the vote for the Lions to continue managing the Taste festival wasn’t unanimous at the last Lions meeting, there was still strong support.

At the upcoming AGM of the Taste committee at Billy Mac’s at 7.30pm on May 14, anyone is allowed to attend and have their say about the Taste Festival. 

Nominations are also welcome for the Taste Committee – you don’t have to be a member of the Naracoorte Lions, and you can reapply for a role held this year.

Other ways to become involved in the Taste Festival is to become a sponsor or Festival Friend – you can become a Friend for as little as $50, and your name is printed clearly on signage.

“The unified opinion is that this event is good for the town,” said Mr Gleeson.