Bright Observer

'Ridiculous' rise

LAST DANCE? Alanah Tesoriero (centre), pictured with the 2014 debutants during a dancing practice session at the Bright Community Centre, has been debating whether or not to move the event to a different location. PHOTO: Vanessa Burgess

Fees triple for community centre hire


FEES to hire the Bright Community Centre (BCC), have risen dramatically since Alpine Shire Council began managing the facilty and one organiser of a community event is asking why.

According to Bright Debutant Ball volunteer organiser Alanah Tesoriero, since Council took over the management of the BCC last year, the cost of hiring the venue has increased by more than $500.

"When the Bright Community Centre was run by a committee of local volunteers, the cost of the venue for the night was much cheaper," Ms Tesoriero, who has been coordinating the debutant ball since 2011, said.

"In 2011, I was charged $265, and in 2012, I was charged $275, then from 2013 when the shire took over I was charged $486.20."

Ms Tesoriero said the fees increased because the shire began charging $15.40 per hour for practice sessions, and said she came to an agreement that money raised from the event would be put back into the centre.

"A lot of the funds that were raised from the deb balls over the past 25 years have been donated to Bright P12 College, and when I took over, I thought it would be better to donate to both the College and the Bright Community Centre," she said.

"Organising a function is expensive, especially when you need to hire most of the decorations and things, so I came to an agreement with the shire that donations made back to the centre would reduce some of the cost of hiring the hall, and other events could utilise them as well."

This year, Ms Tesoriero has been charged a whopping $788.70 to hire the venue for the community event, and said the charges are ludicrous.

"Not only is the shire charging us for practice nights they are now charging to set up for the event the day before and clean up on the day after," she said.

"I kind of understand being charged for practice nights, given that we use electricity, but to set up and clean up it's just ridiculous.

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