COUNCILLORS have expressed concerns about continuing to waive the costs associated with the use of council assets.
Last week, Bathurst Regional Council agreed to waive a combined $5000 in costs for road closures in Russell Street to support two car-related events.
The organisers of the Peugeot Pageant Bathurst 2020 Show wanted council to waive $2500 to allow for a car display in Russell Street, while an identical request was made for the EJ-EH Holden Nationals Display.
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Both requests were recommended to be knocked back by Bathurst Regional Council's director of Corporate Services and Finance, but seven of the nine councillors voted to waive the costs on both occasions.
Only councillors Jacqui Rudge and Monica Morse voted against waiving the costs, with the latter making her opposition clear.
"It seems to me that we get regular requests for private groups to have the benefit of our wonderful Russell Street at our cost and I'm not sure it's our responsibility to pay for their pageant," Cr Morse said.
"I don't think that [the Peugeot Pageant] is going to bring in an enormous number of people to Bathurst. I certainly don't think it's going to be worthwhile doing two of them for $5000, plus more - supposed we get 10 [requests] a year, that's $25,000, for people to have a nice time in our streets.
"I really don't see why we should do that."
She later said that car groups are favoured over other groups that make requests for financial assistance.
"It's a lot of money every year for car drivers to show off their cars," she said.
Other councillors also questioned where the money would come from to cover the costs, and were told it would come from the maintenance allocation within the traffic control budget, but would be a "negligible" loss.
Cr Warren Aubin reinforced that, by supporting these groups, it encourages them to come to Bathurst and to spend money locally.
The debate was followed up with discussion of the Newtons Nation skateboarding event, where a fee waiver was also being sought.
During that discussion, Cr Alex Christian said groups should expect to pay to use Mount Panorama, another council-run asset.