The Narrandera Shire Council yesterday agreed to provide in-kind financial assistance of $5,610.07 to the Earlies Street Rod and Custom Club for traffic control services and waste management services at the 2018 Rod Run at Narrandera.
The services will be provided by Council and funded from the Events Activities and Promotional Expense budget.
Council will formalise this assistance with the Earlies organisers through a Memorandum of Understanding.
The motion to provide sponsorship was met with a great deal of support from Councillors at yesterday’s Council meeting.
“I think it’s a significant event for Narrandera,” said Cr David Fahey.
“I’d like to see it continue to work and continue to return to Narrandera.”
Cr Narelle Payne also endorsed the decision.
“I strongly support this, because it is one of the major events in our town every year.
“It attracts a lot of people to the town, and anything we can do to support this event is very valuable to the town,” Cr Payne said.
The decision came after Rod Run organiser Steven Alldrick made a visit to Narrandera to try to drum up more local support.
Mr Alldrick is taking on more of the organisational duties from his father, Ray Alldrick, and believes that there are small changes required which will make the Earlies Rod Run more successful in 2018.
The Narrandera Rod Run is organised by the Earlies Street Rod and Custom Club and held annually in Narrandera on the Easter long weekend.
From the 399 car entrants postcodes collected in 2017, the estimated economic impact of the Narrandera Rod Run 2017 event for Narrandera Shire was $253,629.
It is anticipated that the 2018 event will bring a similar economic impact for the Shire.
The two public elements of the event (Cruzin’ No Boozing and Show’n’Shine) require additional support services from Council in the form of traffic management, waste management, equipment hire, entertainment and cleaning.
The Street Rod Nationals was first held in Narrandera in the 1973, with street rodders camping in the Narrandera Sportsground.
While the Nationals event moved to other towns and cities and found a permanent home in Canberra, there was a group who liked the atmosphere in Narrandera and were interested in creating a new event which would have a strong emphasis on families enjoying their cars.
This new event became the Narrandera Rod Run and has been organised ever since by the Earlies Street Rod and Custom Club, which is based in Melbourne.
The 2018 event will be the event’s 34th year in Narrandera and held from Friday March 30 to Monday April 2, 2018.
Council staff recently met with event organiser representatives from the Earlies Street Rod and Custom Club in June, November and December and will continue to liaise with them in the lead up to the event.
The Council will provide:
• Traffic Management for Cruzin’ No Boozing (Saturday evening vent down East St), including advertising the road closure in the Argus
• Waste Management (provision of bins and street sweeper)
• Installation and removal of the road banner in East Street before and after the event
• Equipment hire – orange traffic cones and orange mesh for Show ’n’ Shine
• Provision of tourist information (Narrandera post cards, Visitor Guides, town maps) for the entrants welcome packs
• Assistance with event management in the lead-up to the event, including media releases, promotion and marketing of the Show ’n’ Shine regionally, site maps for the event
• Narrandera Visitor Information Centre to remain open for an additional hour on Sunday while the Show and Shine is still operational.