Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Northam to come alive with $42,000 for events

    16/08/2005 12:00 AM

    The Avon Descent, the Northam Motorcycle Festival and the Northam International Festival have been granted $20,000, $10,000 and $12,000 respectively through the State Government’s Regional Event Scheme.

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

    “The recently held Avon Descent has a strong reputation as being the world’s greatest white water rafting event and attracts hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators every year,” Mr McGowan said.

    “The newly-created Northam Motorcycle Festival will celebrate all aspects of motorcycling from motocross to motorcycle trials and include displays, a street parade, stalls and a concert.

    “The Northam International Festival, held in March next year, will feature three days of multicultural music, dance, cuisine, exhibitions and a military tattoo.

    “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.

    The Avon Descent, the Northam Motorcycle Festival and the Northam International Festival are three of 19 events across the State to 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