Featured / Community / 27th February 2023
Bungle Rumble return reliant on funding
Residents, visitors and business owners are keen to see the return of the Bungle Rumble, but event funding is required to hold the event.
Will the Bungle Rumble return to shake the foundations of Coonabarabran?
One of the organisers, Kodi Brady thinks so, but said the decision ultimately comes down to whether or not funding can be secured to hold the event.
Mr Brady and others have put many pains taking hours into a $60,000 grant application from the State Government to fund a sequel to the largely popular November 2022 event.
After submitting the application, which was buoyed by numerous letters of support from various businesses and organisations around the district, Mr Brady was optimistic about the chances, but said there was still a way to go.
“This lot of funding is for $60,000. If we are successful, another $20,000 in funding would be ideal,” he said. “And there are different funding opportunities that pop up throughout the year which we can apply for.
“The idea is to go even bigger and better than the first event.”
While he said the follow-up event would run similarly to the previous one, Mr Brady said there would likely be some minor changes.
“If we were able to get the funding to run it again we would probably put a small cover fee on it for entry,” Mr Brady explained. “The first event was completely free, but that’s not really sustainable and we think everyone had such a good time they won’t mind paying a minimal fee of $5 or $10 to get in.
“It’s still very much worth it for a good night of markets, food and music.”
Jodi Cormie who had her coffee van – Lil’ Coffee Cart on site at the first event, was excited to hear a second Bungle Rumble could be in the pipeline.
“The first one was great for me from a business point of view and gave me great exposure,” Mrs Cormie said. “It was a real asset to the town and it put a focus on Coona and what we’ve got to offer.”
Regarding the possibility of introducing a cover charge, M rs Cormie said she didn’t think it would affect attendance.
“Everyone said after the first one that they couldn’t believe it was free,” she said. “As long as the entry fee is kept to a minimum, I don’t think it will put people off.”