The City of Perth has dipped into its budget surplus to try and bring the WA Day festival celebrations back into the CBD.
Councillors approved a last minute $150,000 sponsorship grant at a special council meeting on Tuesday night but the offering fell well short of the $500,000 requested by Celebrate WA, the event organiser, which it said was needed to move the event from Burswood.
The Celebrate WA board is now mulling where to hold the $2.6 million event, which runs from June 6 to 7, after not getting all the funding it was after from the local government.
Board member Fiona Kalaf told the special council meeting $150,000 was not adequate.
“The costs of operating in the city are…