A lack of support has forced the Finley Tractor Pull Committee to cancel its 2015 event, but hopes for a big return the following year.SOPHIE BURGE May 7, 2014 3:55am
Finley Tractor Pull Committee president Russell Anderson hands a cheque to Jeremy Robertson, accepting on behalf of Finley High School Year 12 students who helped at this year’s event.
The Finley Tractor Pull Committee has been forced to cancel the 2015 event after a lack of support from the community.
At an emergency meeting held this week in regards to the annual event, committee members said there was only support from an additional five people from the community.
It was not enough interest to bolster the committee with some members not able to continue with the group.
Finley Tractor Pull Committee president Russell Anderson said of those, only three would be new to the event’s committee.
The lack of numbers is despite pleas from the committee last week for more help.
Mr Anderson said the result was ‘‘disappointing’’ but assured the community the event would not disappear altogether. He vowed the event would return, saying a break in 2015 would allow the group to recruit and plan for a bigger event in 2016.
Mr Anderson said further discussions must be held on how to grow the event and improve interest, which he said could include incorporating it into a weekend-long festival with other events.
‘‘A lot of ideas were thrown around (at the community meeting), with prospects to potentially combine a few local events at the (Finley) showgrounds over one weekend to keep people in the town, such as moving the Big Boys Toys or having things like a market there as well.
‘‘There’s still a lot of things that can be talked about, so we’ll take a year off to re-group.’’
In the meantime, Mr Anderson said new committee members were still needed.
‘‘More committee members are needed to fix the situation and hopefully return it back to an annual event.’’
With the tractor pull injecting at least $11,000 to community organisations in the five years it has been running, the cancellation of next year’s event will be a great loss to the community.
From this year’s event, held in February, the Finley Tractor Pull Committee was able to donate $2000 back into the community.
Half the funds went to the Finely High School, which was presented last week.
Anyone able to help with organising the 2016 tractor pull in invited to contact Mr Anderson 0429
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