For the third year in a row, the Alexandra Blossom Festival
has posted a profit. Although down on the previous two years'
returns, it netted a profit of just over $13,500, committee
treasurer Georgie McLean said at the annual meeting last
Four years ago, the festival was more than $80,000 in debt
but now it had about $80,000 in equity.
Committee chairwoman Clair Higginson said an objective of the
festival was to return money to the community. Now, the plan
was to recruit groups to help with the festival instead of
granting money once the festival was over.
Event manager Martin McPherson said members of the Alexandra
Rugby Club were hired as labourers last year. They were paid
enough to enable the club to provide uniforms for its junior
Ms Higginson said broadening the rules around what could
constitute a parade float was a good move as it created
''quite fierce competition''. The festival committee was
They are Ms Higginson, as chairwoman, Tim Cadogan, Craig
Howard, Peter Breen, Maureen Crampton, Fay Kennedy and
Christine Heywood, who resigned as secretary to take up a
position on the committee. Sandra Clark was appointed
secretary and Ms McLean reappointed treasurer.