Community groups that lost out at triple j’s One Night Stand will receive the lion’s share of gold coin donations from the event.
More than $20,700 was collected at the gates of the Dubbo showground from concertgoers on April 13, for Dubbo City Council to distribute to local charities.
On the same night half of the community groups enlisted to supply food and drinks at the free event suffered losses or just broke even.
The financial hit was not forgotten by the council as it wrapped up its responsibilities from the concert, which police said attracted 15,000 to 18,000 people.
This week the council voted to distribute more than $18,000 from the donations collected to seven caterers and Dubbo Show Society.
A total of 14 groups powered by volunteers set up vans and stands to feed the crowd at the showground.
General manager Mark Riley reported the council had enlisted the show society to organise food vendors.
“This turned out to be a most onerous and time-consuming activity for those volunteer members of the show society who agreed to be part of such organisation,” he said in the report.
“As a result of the site layout, some caterers on the night, through no one’s fault, made good surpluses while other caterers made none, in fact advising they lost money.”
Mr Riley noted the “catering issue” as he recommended the distribution of the gold coin funds to the affected charities and Midnite Cafe, the latter having been put forward by triple j as a potential recipient in the lead up to the event.
The general manager reported six organisations had confirmed “good” surpluses from the night, ranging between $4000 and $8000.
A seventh had advised the council it made a profit rather than a loss.
The remaining seven organisations had results that ranged from one $200 loss, four break-evens, one $140 surplus and one $1500 surplus.
The five groups that had not recorded a profit had their $400 fee refunded or waived by the show society.
Mr Riley proposed the seven occasional caterers receive amounts ranging from $1300 to $2660 from the donation bucket.
He also recommended allocating $2000 to the show society to “offset (its) loss of income”.
Midnite Cafe was to receive the $2562 remaining after the general manager’s calculations.
“I consider this is a fair break-up of funds in terms of those organisations who unfortunately did not make as much as others at the triple j concert and to reflect the level of work undertaken by the Dubbo Show Society,” Mr Riley said in his report.
The council adopted his proposal on Monday, with Dubbo mayor Mathew Dickerson commending the result.
“It is fantastic to see the benefits of Dubbo having hosted such an event are still flowing through to the community,” Cr Dickerson said.