- Regional event holders can apply for record $1 million funding pool
- Part of 2018-19 Regional Events Scheme
- For the first time scheme includes a designated $150,000 for Aboriginal events
A record funding pool of $1 million will be available to regional event holders as part of the 2018-19 Regional Events Scheme, including $150,000 for events which deliver authentic Aboriginal experiences.
The Regional Events Scheme supports smaller, developing regional events across the State.
The scheme includes the new Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme, which will fund events that showcase Aboriginal experiences through leadership and participation of Aboriginal people.
Both schemes are supported by Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions and are open to events held between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Event holders can request funding of between $5,000 and $50,000.
Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday December 12, 2017. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/res
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"The State Government is committed to growing Aboriginal tourism in the State, and it's fantastic to see funding specifically set aside to support more regional Aboriginal events in WA.
"Aboriginal tourism helps protect and preserve traditional culture and encourage communities to become economically viable by providing employment and income.
"Tourism is a key economic driver for regional Western Australia with visitors spending $10 billion in the State in 2016, including $4.7 billion in regional areas.
"The Regional Events Scheme helps to promote WA 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:
"Regional WA hosts a variety of unique tourism experiences that not only encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more, but bring a positive boost to the local economy.
"The new Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme adds to WA's unique tourism experiences while supporting the economic development of Aboriginal communities.
"This investment will support the creation of sustainable tourism businesses in the regions, in addition to infrastructure and services that benefit local communities and visitors in the long term."
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200