3 July 2023

Wagga Council issues New Year's Eve invitation to help get the party started

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga Wagga City Council is looking to appoint an organiser of New Year’s Eve events. Photo: Wagga City Council.

Wagga Wagga City Council is seeking expressions of interest for potential organisers of New Year’s Eve events for the next three years.

The council’s search for a new organiser comes following the expiration of its contract with Colab Creative, the group responsible for the popular Light Up the Lake event in previous years.

According to Wagga Wagga Council community director Janice Summerhayes, New Year’s Eve celebrations are among the biggest events on the city’s calendar.

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”This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses, groups and organisations to put together a great family-friendly event to help see three New Year’s Eve events in a row, starting with this coming New Year’s Eve, farewelling 2023 and saying hello to 2024,” Ms Summerhayes said.

“We’re looking for a community-focused event with a wide audience appeal that gives our residents a chance to come together and celebrate.”

Ms Summerhayes said organisers could look to do events similar to Light Up the Lake, which has drawn thousands of Wagga Wagga residents and visitors to the foreshore of Lake Albert over the past two years, or something vastly different.

“There are many options going forward and we would love to see your ideas, so start putting together your submission now,” she said.

The council will offer up to $57,900 to the successful candidate in an effort to ensure the best event possible.

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Destination and events coordinator Kimberley Parker said the reason the council had begun seeking expressions of interest in June was to allow for ideas and concepts to be thought through properly before planning for the event began.

“It seems a little bit early, but it gives us an opportunity or event organisers opportunity to come up with those ideas, have those reviewed, and then actually organise that event,” Ms Parker said.

“We do encourage anyone that is thinking of applying to reach out to us here at council and we can walk through that process with them and see how we can help.”

Suitably qualified organisations or groups interested in applying can contact the council’s events officer by emailing council’s events team or phoning 1300 292 442.

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