Stuart Ayres Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Minister for Sport
Monday, 7 December 2015
REGIONAL NSW TO BENEFIT FROM EVENT FUNDING A wide range of sporting, cultural, arts and culinary events in Regional NSW will benefit from a funding boost from the NSW Government after successfully applying for funding from the $500,000 available in the 2016 Regional Flagship Events Program. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres announced 36 events and festivals across the State will receive NSW Government funding that will go towards marketing activities aimed at driving overnight visitation to the region. “Events are vital in helping grow the NSW economy as they provide compelling reasons for visitors to explore a particular part of NSW,” Mr Ayres said. “In the year ended June 2015, Regional NSW welcomed more than 53 million international and domestic visitors who spent over $14 billion. “Maintaining and growing NSW as Australia’s number one tourism and events destination is one of this Government’s key priorities and the Regional Flagship Events Program helps us to achieve this by creating additional exposure for our beautiful State.” The Regional Flagship Events Program is managed and administered by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The Program provides successful events with annual funding of either $10,000 or triennial funding of $20,000 per year for three years. Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said the 36 successful events and festivals will not only provide economic and community benefits, but will highlight local attractions and the unique tourism offerings in Regional NSW. “I encourage visitors to begin planning a trip to Regional NSW to learn why NSW is home to some of our country’s best events which continue to draw people back to the region year after year,” Ms Chipchase said. See attached for the full list of successful 2016 Regional Flagship Events.
The following 23 events have been selected to receive annual funding of $10,000:
Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival – Ballina Bangalow Music Festival – Bangalow Barellan Working Clydesdales and Heavy Horses ‘Good Old Days’ Weekend – Barellan Bathurst Motor Festival – Bathurst Batlow Ciderfest – Batlow Boggabri Drovers Campfire Weekend – Boggabri Byron Spirit Festival – Byron Bay Carcoar Cup Running Festival – Carcoar Cobargo Folk Festival – Cobargo Coffs Harbour Running Festival – Coffs Harbour Crookwell Potato Festival – Crookwell Deniliquin Fishing Classic – Deniliquin Dubbo Stampede – Dubbo Eurobodalla River of Art – Durras Lakes Kidgeeridge Music Festival – Milton Lambing Flat Chinese Festival – Young Real Juice Company Citrus Sculptures – Griffith Sculpture at Scenic World – Katoomba Snow Time in the Gardens – Pokolbin Taste Riverina Festival – Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Leeton Junee Tastings on Hastings – Port Macquarie The Roaring 20s Festival & All that Jazz – Blue Mountains Wollongong Triathlon – Wollongong
The following six events have been selected to receive triennial funding of $20,000 per year for three years:
Canowindra Balloon Challenge – Canowindra Curryfest – Woolgoolga Huskisson Long Course Triathlon Festival – Jervis Bay The Murrumbateman Moving Feast – Murrumbateman The Wingham Akoostik Music Festival – Wingham Ultra-Trail Australia – Katoomba
The following seven events will continue to receive their existing triennial funding in 2016: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
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