Places I could hold my community event or special occasion.
There are many picturesque spaces available to be accessed by the community, which could provide the location for your next community event or special occasion.
Please Note: The release of items and/or materials that can pollute the environment and harm wildlife are banned at Council events and on Council managed reserves. These may include items such as helium filled balloons, sky lanterns etc.
Council has many accessible parklands perfect for private gatherings, including a family get together, birthday party, wedding ceremony or socialising with friends. If your preferred space is being used by another group please make sure that your group can be easily moved, as exclusive use is not provided for private gatherings.
Council takes great care in providing community spaces for the community to visit and to ensure these locations are maintained at all times, the below list sets out the rules for all private activities:
It is recommended to check Council’s ‘What’s On’ calendar for a guide to community and major events taking place within the City, noting that this calendar is a guide and may not show all events.
If a major event is on, please note there may be restricted access to the general public or road closures.
Vansittart Park garden area is also a War Memorial area and to ensure due respect is paid to this area Council has created an event Exclusion Zone.
Under no circumstances shall any activity be undertaken within the Vansittart Park Event Exclusion Zone
Some events and activities on Council land require a Special Events Permit to be issued by Council. A Special Events Permit is required to ensure public safety at larger events (100+ people) is appropriately managed. Special Events Permit allow Council to monitor activity at community spaces, however any authorisation does not grant exclusive use to the area and Council or the applicant cannot restrict the public in any way. Major events, on occasion, will have restrictions in place such as road closures or licensed areas allowing limited access.
The following activities require a Special Events Permit:
A Special Events Permit must be submitted by an incorporated body or community organisation.
An event for the purpose of marketing, promoting or selling a service or product, or for providing entertainment for profit, will incur a fee of $150.00.
Due to the limited vehicle entry points to the Valley Lake, Brownes Lake, Leg of Mutton Lake and Marist Park on extreme or catastrophic fire ban days these areas will be closed and no event can be held at these locations. On severe fire ban days smoking is not permitted and vehicles are not to park on grassed areas.
The Cave Garden and Vansittart Park are dry zone areas and alcohol is not permitted.
Busking on Council land
An application for a Busking Permit can be obtained from Council and must be submitted with valid photo identification. There is no fee payable.
A Busking Permit issued by Council only allows you to busk on Council land. If you wish to busk at local supermarkets, shopping centres or other privately owned properties, permission must be sought from store / centre management.
No permit will be granted to a child under the age of 12. A busking permit may be issued to a parent or guardian on behalf of a child that is aged under 16, but we need written consent from parent or guardian. Any permit granted to a parent or guardian on behalf of a child, is only valid during the daylight hours in which the child is not required to attend school in accordance with the Education Act 1972. The parent or guardian, to whom a permit has been issued on behalf of a child, must accompany the child at all times whilst the child performs.
Once a permit is issued, where am I allowed to busk?
A Busking Permit issued by Council only allows you to busk on Council land. If you wish to busk at Coles, Woolworths, ALDI, Marketplace, Mount Gambier Central or other privately owned properties, permission must be sought from store / centre management.
How old do I have to be to apply for a Busking Permit?
No permit will be granted to a child under the age of 12 years. If you are between the ages of 12 and 15, written consent from a parent or guardian must be submitted to Council with your application and also kept with you while performing.