John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    State funds popular festivals.

    23/08/2006 4:00 PM

    This year’s Discover the Round Festival in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Festival of the Wind Fantisea in Esperance will each receive $10,000 through the State Government’s Regional Events Scheme.

    Goldfields-Esperance Minister John Bowler said the two festivals were among the 21 successful applications across the State.

    “Regional events like the Race Round are important because as well as encouraging tourism and injecting money into the local economy, they help build a region’s profile and generate community pride,” Mr Bowler said.

    “The round is a week-long festival celebrating the Goldfields’ strong history in racing and pacing, culminating in the Kalgoorlie Cup.

    “The round is famous in Australian racing circles and attracts visitors from all over the nation.”

    This year’s Discover the Round festival, to be held from September 9 to 17, is expected to attract 11,600 visitors to the Goldfields.

    The Minister said the Festival of the Wind in Esperance, to be held from March 23 to 24, 2007, was expected to attract 5,000 visitors to Esperance and would focus on marine theme performances, boat races, seafood and wine.

    Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said 21 sporting and cultural events held across the State would receive funding under round one of the scheme.

    Round two applications - for events to be held in the first half of 2007 - close on October 6.

    “Two types of grants are available this year: a one-off establishment grant of up to $20,000 or - for those building on already successful events - a regional icon development grant of up to $50,000,” Ms McHale said.

    As part of the State Government’s election commitments, an extra $1million over four years is being injected into the Regional Events Scheme.

    For more details, contact Chris Tate in the Regional EventsCorp office in Bunbury on (08) 9791 9400 or email Applications are available at

    Minister's office - 9222 9699