Company cancels Longford Revival

THE Northern Midlands Council will write a letter of support to Octagon Motorsport after it announced the cancellation of the company's planned 2014 Longford Revival event.

At its general meeting last night, council executive and liaison officer Lindsay Harwood said Octagon had indicated a possible review of the festival for a return in 2016.

"I believe that they wanted to hold it off for 12 months because of financial issues," Mr Harwood said.

"Personally, I'm not optimistic that's going to happen; it costs quite a substantial amount of money to run it."

He said he was investigating the use of some of the event's existing infrastructure for council community purposes.

Acting general manager Maree Bricknell said the Longford Local District Committee was also seeking use of the event's historical signage for use within the town.

Waining hopes for a council regional pound were also raised by councillor Matthew Brooks, who indicated "awful smells and conditions" at the council's existing facility.

"I don't feel like that pound out there at the sewerage lagoons is very safe for our officers that frequently visit the place," Cr Brooks said.

Mr Payton said the concept for a regional pound was "struggling" and that he would meet Meander Valley Council officers on Thursday morning to discuss the concept.

The event was last held in 2012, when Octagon announced the revival would be held biennially. 

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