63 events in regional WA sponsored through 2016-17 Regional Events Scheme
12 events supported for the first time in record funding pool of up to $850,000
Visitors and locals in regional Western Australia will be spoilt for choice in culture, sport and entertainment in 2016-17, with a record 63 events receiving sponsorship through the Liberal National Government's Regional Events Scheme.
A film festival for Exmouth, Speedway Sedans in Albany, the Karijini experience and the City to Surf's regional series are some of the events to benefit from funding through the initiative, co-ordinated by Tourism WA and made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the Regional Events Scheme provided vital support to kick-start and develop events which involved local communities and attracted visitors and media coverage.
"The record funding pool of up to $850,000 in 2016-17 has meant 12 events received sponsorship through the scheme for the first time, while more established events have the chance to grow bigger and better," Mr Barnett said.
"Including the latest recipients, the scheme has supported more than 300 regional events since 2011, helping to shape WA as an exciting destination with year-round activities to provide an extra drawcard for visitors.
"Tourism is a major contributor to regional economies. In 2015, visitors spent $9 billion in the State, including $4 billion in regional areas. We want to see this regional contribution grow to $4.75 billion by 2020, and events are key to that goal."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment played a crucial role in positioning regional WA as a recognised tourism destination.
"Regional events generate jobs and business opportunities for local communities, and deliver significant social and economic benefits to the regions," Mr Redman said.
"Strong regional communities bring prosperity to WA and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in the sustainability of our regions."
The 12 events receiving funding for the first time through the 2016-17 Regional Events Scheme are Ningalens Film Competition (Exmouth), Discovery Bay Trail Run (Albany), Speedway Sedans Australia National Super Sedan Championships (Albany), Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia (Mount Barker), AFL Masters WA Broome Carnival, Blues for the Bush and Community Open Day (Perenjori), King of the Cut (Mandurah), Karijini Experience (Karijini), City to Surf for Activ Regional Series (Karratha, Geraldton, Albany and Busselton), LiveLighter Harvey Harvest Festival (Harvey), Emergence Creative Festival (Margaret River) and X-Adventure Dunsborough (Dunsborough).
The scheme will also continue to support popular events such as the Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash, Blues at Bridgetown, Northam Motor Sport Festival, the WA PGA Championship in the Goldfields, Karratha's Red Earth Arts Festival and the Wildflower Show and Spring Festival in Ravensthorpe.
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