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Sustainival On The Chopping Block In Council’s Proposed Budget

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Sustainival On The Chopping Block In Council's Proposed Budget

Photo supplied by April Tilma

The world’s first green carnival may not be coming back to Fort McMurray this year.

Sustainival is having a hard time getting money from the municipality after a motion was passed on Feb. 7 to cut all funds for the event.

The final asking price was $125,000.

Senior Events Manager April Tilma tells Mix News every dollar is needed to make Sustainival happen.

“In order to produce the event as the community is used to seeing it, that’s the amount we need this year.”

The event has been held in Fort McMurray for the past six years. On average, 20,000 people attend the green carnival each year with 2017 bringing in roughly 30,000.

Tilma says she’s devasted and shocked council isn’t supporting the successful event.

“It’s hard to know exactly what will happen going forward but I think we need to be aware that anything can happen at this point and be prepared for a loss of all of our funding or partial funding.”

Speaking on Fort McMurray Matters last week, Mayor Don Scott said he understands that some groups won’t be too happy with the decisions being made.

“They’re obviously disappointed because they didn’t get everything they asked for, there were some we cut completely – it’s important we make sure that tax dollars are being used wisely.”

Even if council amends the 2018 budget at their next meeting, Sustainival might not look the same.

According to Tilma, the carnival was always given a green-light of what funding would most likely be in December of the previous year. Planning would now be pushed into just a couple of months.

“It would be a bit of a time crunch we’d be dealing with, I’m sure we could pull it off – it wouldn’t be an easy walk in the park, there would be work to get it going.”

Council will look to approve the budget at their next meeting on February 27.

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