$500,000 boost to regional event funding

Published 3rd February, 2014 in Tourism

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, today announced that 37 Regional Flagship Events will be supported by grants in 2014, following a $500,000 investment pledge by the NSW Government.

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The Regional Flagship Events Program provides one year grants of $10,000 and three year grants totalling $60,000 to support the marketing and advertising of important regional events and festivals. The grants were awarded following a competitive process administered by major events and tourism agency Destination NSW.

“Major events and festivals are vitally important for the regional visitor economy. Successful events bring visitors to regional areas, giving a huge boost to local hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions,” Mr Souris said.

“Regional Flagship Events and festivals such as the Blue Mountains’ Sculptures at Scenic World, Bangalow’s Sample Food Festival, Port Stephens’ Tastes at the Bay and Narooma’s Great Southern Blues Festival all attract visitors, create local jobs and boost their regional economies through tourism.

“Visitor expenditure in Regional NSW is now worth more than $13.7 billion to year end September 2013, an increase of more than 11.1% compared to the same time last year,” Mr Souris said.

“I encourage visitors to take a holiday in Regional NSW and combine that holiday with attending one or more of the many fantastic events or festivals on offer.”

Details on the 37 events are below:

Regional Flagship Event

Date 2014

Location

Funding Duration

Sculptures at Scenic World

24 April to 18 May

Katoomba

One Year

Canowindra Balloon Challenge

22 to 27 April

Canowindra

One Year

Carcoar Cup Running Festival

1 to 2 November

Carcoar

One Year

Orange Wine Week

23 October to 2 November

Orange

One Year

Sculpture in the Vineyard

1 to 30 November

Wollombi

One Year

WUPA@Wanaruah

21 September to 31 October

Hunter Valley

One Year

Emirates Park Scone Cup Carnival

16 to 17 May

Scone

One Year

Dubbo Stampede

7 September

Dubbo

One Year

Summerside Festival

1 February to 2 March

Yass Valley

One Year

The Riverboats Music Festival

14 to 16 February

Echuca-Moama

One Year

Bangalow Music Festival

14 to 17 August

Bangalow

One Year

Australian Longboard Surfing Festival

26 to 30 March

Kingscliff

One Year

Sample Food Festival

6 September

Bangalow

One Year

Opera at The Channon

27 July

Lismore

One Year

The Mullum Music Festival

20 to 23 November

Mullumbimby

One Year

CoastOut Festival

24 to 26 October

Coffs Coast

One Year

Byron Bay Surf Festival

23 to 26 October

Byron Bay

One Year

Coffs Harbour Running Festival

7 September

Coffs Harbour

One Year

Woolgoolga Curryfest

11 to 27 April

Woolgoolga

One Year

Junee Rhythm n Rail Festival

7 to 9 March

Junee

One Year

Snowy Mountains of Music Festival

6 to 9 June

Perisher Valley

One Year

Batlow Cider Fest

16 to 17 May

Batlow

One Year

Eurobodalla River of Art

16 to 26 May

Durras Lake and Tilba Tilba

One Year

Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival

7 to 9 June

Shoalhaven Coast Vineyards

One Year

Narooma Oyster Festival

4 to 6 May

Narooma

One Year

Great Southern Blues Festival

2 to 5 October

Narooma

One Year

Orange F.O.O.D. Week

4 to 13 April

Orange

Three Years

Tastes at the Bay

31 October to 2 November

Port Stephens

Three Years

Griffith La Festa

19 April

Griffith

Three Years

Events Continuing their Triennial Funding from Previous Funding Rounds

Chromefest

24 to 26 October

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Published 3rd February, 2014 in Tourism