Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Festival to bring wine, visitors and song to Margaret River

    11/11/2005 12:00 AM

    Next week’s Margaret River Wine Festival is expected to attract between 5,000 and 6,000 visitors and inject $1.6million into the local economy, Tourism Minister Mark McGowan said today.

    Mr McGowan said the festival, which would be held from November 17 - 20, would showcase the region’s best wine, produce, and food and significantly boost the local economy.

    “Tourism is a major employer in the South-West and the Gallop Government is committed to growing the industry to create more jobs and opportunities for locals,” he said.

    “We have invested $15,000 through EventsCorp’s Regional Event Scheme to support this event, which attracts visitors from overseas, interstate and around Western Australia.

    “Wine tourism is a significant growth area for WA and the Margaret River region is one of the best areas for food and wine in the country.

    “It is no surprise the Margaret River Wine Region Festival was a finalist in the recent State Tourism Awards.”

    The Margaret River Wine Region Festival’s flagship event - The Fusion - will be hosted in Pioneer Park in Cowaramup on Saturday, November 19.

    Headlining the entertainment will be well-known musician Richard Clapton.

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    Minister's office - 9222 9111