In the wake of the New Year’s Eve Gold party’s $40,000 loss, Pride is looking for answers.
The organisation has sent a letter to all of its members and is in the process of writing a questionnaire to try and work out what led to the loss.
Gold had a capacity for 8,000 attendees and budgets were based on 6,000 people buying tickets for the party. If 6,000 people had attended, Pride would have made a profit of $145,000.
In the end, just 3,675 people bought tickets. Co-presidents Lou-Anne Lind and Chris Maynard wrote in a letter to members they had received excellent feedback on the event. However the co-presidents admitted financial loss would put a great deal of strain on the organisation’s resources.
All debts would be paid from Pride funds.
At time of print, no action had been taken against Pride or licensees Playbill Venue Management following the closure of a scenic maze at about 1am on the night of the party.
Licensing police carrying video cameras entered the party and dismantled the Hordern Pavilion maze. No arrests were made in relation to activities in the maze or because of any other incident.
A Playbill spokesperson told the Star the company had planned a meeting with the Licensing Police next week to discuss the incident.