TASMANIAN Greens maverick Kim Booth yesterday weighed into the funding push for Launceston's wheezing Breath of Life Festival.
The Bass Greens MHA sent a letter to the Launceston City Council, urging it to reconsider events funding allocations to allow a requested $20,000 for the 2014 event.
``Given the challenges small business, retail and hospitality are facing in the North, I am at a loss as to why council would be so reluctant to support such a worthwhile event,'' he said.
``With up to 16,000 attendees last year, it is believed this event injects approximately $2.3 million into the local economy annually, filling hotel rooms to capacity in the greater Launceston area.''
Festival organiser Clint Pease said the wave of community support had been overwhelming.
``Whether it's MS Fest or Breath of Life, people in Launceston, Tasmanian youth, they know it, love it and have supported it for many years, and it's grown, even through the toughest economic times,'' Mr Pease said.
He said funding offers from other councils and regional bodies had been made in an attempt to draw the festival away from Launceston.
``Breath of Life is geographically well-placed, it allows access for many people in Tasmania - it's easy for people to come from the North-West, people from the South. It's something we can't overlook,'' Mr Pease said.
``Although there are other opportunities in different regions and councils that want the event, we don't want to take it away from Launceston - we want to develop new ones outside of this one. We can't keep tearing it up and uprooting to elsewhere.''
A ``massive thanks'' was delivered by Mr Pease to supporters of the festival. He asked people to send letters, comments or ideas to the its website.
``We need to shore up its future and we hope the local council starts taking it as seriously as the rest of the community does,'' he said.