- 62 regional events sponsored by 2017-18 Regional Events Scheme
- Funding pool of $850,000 to support smaller, developing regional events
- Regional events provide significant economic, social and cultural benefits
A total of 62 diverse regional events across Western Australia have received a funding boost as part of the 2017-18 Regional Events Scheme.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia made the announcement today (May 6) in Kununurra at the Lake Argyle Swim, which is funded by the scheme and will be sponsored again in 2017-18.
Mr Papalia also announced that 10 events would be supported by the scheme for the first time in the next round, including three in the Kimberley region - the Broome Marathon; Rhythm & Ride: Rodeo, Campdraft & Country Music Showcase; and The Gibb Challenge.
The Regional Events Scheme aims to develop and support smaller regional events across Western Australia. Worth $850,000 in 2017-18, it is funded by the State Government.
To view the list of successful 2017-18 Regional Events Scheme recipients, visit http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/RES
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"Tourism is a key economic driver for regional Western Australia. In 2016, visitors spent $10 billion in the State, including $4.7 billion in regional areas.
"Events play an important role in strengthening the economy by attracting visitors to the region, generating media attention which provides valuable exposure of the destination and adding vibrancy to the local community.
"The Regional Events Scheme helps to promote Western Australia as an exciting and vibrant destination, home to a great range of sporting, arts, cultural and culinary events held throughout the year."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Not only do these events attract visitors, they create much-needed business and job opportunities in regional communities.
"The scheme is part of the Government's plans to support the regions to showcase and promote their unique and diverse attractions, making them exciting places to visit and great places to live."
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200