Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    South-West to come alive with $140,000 for events

    16/08/2005 12:00 AM

    The State Government has provided $139,845 towards staging 11 events throughout the South-West this year.

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

    The Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, Busselton Jetty Swim, Cactus Games (Bunbury) Geographe Bay Race Week, Manjimup 15000, Manjimup Cherry Festival, Margaret River Region Wine Festival, Forest Rally, South West Racing Carnival (Bunbury), Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival, and the Collie-Donnybrook and Return Cycle Race will all be supported by the scheme.

    “The South-West is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Western Australia and I am pleased to see such a wide variety of events in the region granted funding,” Mr McGowan 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.”

    The Minister 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