SA events advisory group axed

Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor was one of the members of the now axed event advisory group.

A South Australian events advisory body has been axed less than a year after being set up by the South Australian Government.

The Events Advisory Group (EAG) was launched in November last year to “drive a new era of events” shortly after the Adelaide 500 was dropped.

Business SA’s Nikki Govan, Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor, actor Hugh Sheridan, Australian Hotels Association President David Basheer and LA Times Food Festival executive director Angus Dillon were tasked with giving advice to the South Australian Tourism Commission on boosting event opportunities.

“The State Government thanks every single member of the EAG – a group that was formed to deliver positive outcomes for the South Australian events industry and the sector more broadly,” a State Government spokesperson said.

“A significant number of event proposals were provided directly by Members of the EAG, some of which have been adopted and some which are still being considered and evaluated by the SATC’s event team.

“The Government looks forward to making further announcements about new events for the future.

“The SATC will continue to benefit from the outcomes of the EAG as it works through the remaining ideas and proposals as well as continuing to develop the Bloom brand.”

Premier Marshall said the Group had “done excellent work”.

“There are many other things that were suggested that we’re going to continue to follow up,” he said.

However, Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas said the hole in the events calendar left by the Adelaide 500 still hadn’t been filled.

“It beggars belief that Steven Marshall made a decision to axe the Adelaide 500 without a plan to replace it, but now it’s even more startling that he’s canned the plan to replace the dumped event,” he said.

“Bloom is nothing more than a repackaging of existing events – hardly a replacement for the Adelaide 500.”