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   Jul 05

Tussle over festival’s name

LEGAL advice regarding the transferral of the Longford Revival Festival business name to event company Opcon is expected to be reviewed by the Northern Midlands Council this month.
Nanjing Night Net

Northern Midlands councillor Ian Goninon registered the name “Longford Revival Festival” last year and transferred the name to council ownership.

A request to grant ownership of the Longford Revival Festival to Opcon, which manages the festival, was last month tabled at the council’s meeting by request from company director Clint Pease.

Mr Pease on Saturday said the council’s ownership of the businesses name did not impact the event, and questioned why Cr Goninon moved to have it secured.

“We asked the question about why it was done and that wasn’t ratified,” he said.

“There’s nothing more to say about it, it’s a trading business name we choose not to operate with – it has no impact of effect on us.”

Mr Pease said the council did not appear to have any intention to run the festival itself, and that he was progressing funding requests for a 2016 event.

Cr Goninon said he registered the name himself to avoid “rigmarole” involved with local government procedures and immediately transferred it to the council.

He said he wanted to register the name to protect the event and was unsure why Mr Pease was not informed of the situation.

“The name wasn’t registered at all,” Cr Goninon said.

“Personally, I think if you want to run an event, you should own the name – why run an event without a business name?”

Cr Goninon said he understood the matter would be returning to the council at its next meeting on July 20.

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