- 69 regional events sponsored through 2018-19 Regional Events Scheme
- Record funding pool of up to $1 million
- Inclusion of the newly established Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme to support Aboriginal events and experiences
- Sponsored by the State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions
A total of 69 diverse regional events across Western Australia have received funding as part of the 2018-19 Regional Events Scheme (RES).
The 2018-19 RES round included the addition of the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES), a funding pool of $150,000 exclusively allocated to events delivering Aboriginal activities and experiences.
Of the 69 successful applications, 10 were RAES events and 15 were new events not previously funded.
New events for the 2018-19 round included:
- Cabin Fever, Margaret River region;
- Kalgoorlie Fashion Week, Kalgoorlie (RAES);
- Taste of Chittering, Chittering;
- Ardyaloon Cultural Festival, Dampier Peninsula (RAES);
- Goorna Mayi Goorna Ambooriny, Dampier Peninsula (RAES);
- Newman Squared, Newman;
- Water Polo WA 16's Championships, Geraldton;
- Western Australian Pro Surf Series, Yallingup and Mandurah;
- Warnum Art 20th Anniversary Gija Gala & Festival, Warnum (RAES);
- Roelands Village Festival, Roelands (RAES);
- Djinda Ngardak, Albany (RAES);
- Donnybrook Apple Festival, Donnybrook;
- Open Studios, Margaret River, Busselton, Dunsborough and Augusta;
- Australian Orienteering Championships, Narrogin; and
- Bunbury Geographe Gift, Bunbury.
The RES aims to develop and support smaller regional events across Western Australia. Worth $1 million in 2018-19, the scheme is funded by the State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.
The 2019-20 RES round will open in October 2018 and close in December 2018, for events that fall between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
The continuation of the RAES will be subject to an assessment of the inaugural round of the program.
To view the full list of successful 2018-19 RES and RAES scheme recipients, visit https://www.tourism.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"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.
"It's exciting to be introducing the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme this year, supporting events that showcase and celebrate Aboriginal activities and experiences through the leadership and participation of Aboriginal people.
"Promoting, hosting and developing regional events forms part of Tourism WA's new Two-year Action Plan to drive greater regional visitation."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Regional events add to the sense of community and contribute to building economic opportunities in the bush.
"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