RATEPAYERS are being asked to chip in $95,000 to ensure the "signature event" Floating Land, which has delivered unforgettable Lake Cootharaba images over the years, does not sink without a trace.
Noosa Council re-staged a more "no frills" combination of artistic and environmental reflection in 2015 after the Sunshine Coast Council splashed out more than $420,000 in 2013 for this biennial drawcard.
The budget for this year, with Noosa Council expected to green-light a September or October event last night at its ordinary meeting, is $134,000.
The theme will be Lost and Found and its main features will centre around a environment-orientated sculptural displays on the Noosa River to be enhanced by a "digital trail" guide the commissioned works and a $15,000 contribution for a community-run event at Boreen Point.
The Noosa Regional Gallery will hold Floating Land exhibitions while the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre is to stage a companion event.
There will also be a public program.
Mayor Tony Wellington said during the services and organisation committee debate last week: "It was interesting that the funding for the last festival was less than previously under the Sunshine Coast Council.
"Yet, many of the participants and certainly observers believed that it was a much better festival.
"I think there was much better community buy in last time and that's what made the festival work."
Councillor Frank Pardon said this was a signature event for Noosa and "hopefully it stays that way".
He said it was "one of the finest festivals in Australia" and "I think it's served us well".
"I think people have embraced it, certainly a lot of local people have embraced it.
"Just go and deliver it," he said to senior staff.
- Peter Gardiner
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