NICE SPICE: Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce president Cherie Topfer presented cheques to nine local organisations in recognition of their help in running Curryfest 2017.
NICE SPICE: Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce president Cherie Topfer presented cheques to nine local organisations in recognition of their help in running Curryfest 2017. Robert Watkin

Festival fees not without good reason

IT'S not just local businesses that benefit from Curryfest, many local community organisations are reaping the rewards of the festival's success.

Last Saturday, Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce president Cherie Topfer, presented cheques to nine local organisations in recognition of their volunteer assistance in running the event.

"We can't put on an event like this without the help of volunteers. And in return, over the past three years Curryfest has been responsible for a $20,000 boost to nine local volunteer groups and several local schools that have managed the Kids Zone as a fundraiser,” Ms Topfer said.

"The funds are to be spent on local projects, so quite apart from the economic boost local businesses get from increased visitors coming to Woolgoolga, there is an additional spin off for the community via these local organisations' community projects.”

This year St Francis Xavier Primary School raised funds by managing the Curryfest Kids Zone.

"People often ask where their $5 entrance fee goes.

"The chamber is a not-for-profit and those funds help us pay for all of the entertainment, equipment hire, DA and road closure fees, advertising, security, insurance and other event management costs.

"Profits are all expended to benefit the local community.”

This year Curryfest also funded the pilot Eat St on Market St event to showcase Market St food establishments as an add-on event on the following weekend to encourage visitors to return after the main festival and spend more in the local economy.

Some of the local projects to be funded from the Curryfest donations

include Community CPR training, local Meals on Wheels and Red Cross services, purchase of

much needed equipment for local scouts and surf lifesavers, ground fees to support local athletics events, continued refurbishment of the local art gallery, and student garden projects in local primary schools.



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