Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Bunbury to come alive with $30,000 for events

    16/08/2005 12:00 AM

    The State Government has provided $30,000 towards staging the South West Racing Carnival and the newly created Cactus Games in Bunbury this year.

    Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said the events would bring international and interstate visitors to Bunbury and surrounding towns, boosting the local economy and injecting vibrancy and excitement into the region.

    “The Cactus Games will see international, national and local elite extreme sport athletes descend on Bunbury from October 14 -16,” Mr McGowan said.

    “The games will include wake boarding, kite surfing, BMXing, and skateboarding.”

    The Minister said $15,000 had also been provided to help stage the South West Racing Carnival in March next year.

    “The South West Racing Carnival is built around the Bunbury Cup horse race and includes a Gala Ball and a horse swimming race,” he said.

    “As well as injecting money into the local economy and generating media coverage, regional events help build and develop communities and generate community pride.

    “The economic spin-off also helps create jobs and opportunities for locals.”

    Mr McGowan said the Gallop Government had provided an extra $1million over four years to the Regional Event Scheme as part of an election commitment.

    Nineteen events across the State will receive funding from the first round of the scheme.

    To apply for funding, event organisers are required to show that an event is of State significance, which includes a proven track record of good management, confirmed private sector sponsors, large visitor numbers or ability to attract media attention, and conducted in the non-peak tourist season.

    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. Round two applications close on November 25.

    For more details contact Chris Tate or Saskia Doherty in the Regional EventsCorp office on (08) 9791 9400 or email Application forms.

    Minister's office: 9222 9111