Funding for South West events up for grabs

Therese ColmanBusselton Dunsborough Times
Creative Emergence were a recipient of the 2018-19 fund.
Camera IconCreative Emergence were a recipient of the 2018-19 fund. Credit: Augusta-Margaret River Times, Therese Colman

Applications for the Regional Events Scheme are now open for events between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

A funding pool of $1 million is available, including a quarantined pool of $150,000 for the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme.

Both schemes are supported by the State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.

Several Capes events were recipients of cash from the 2018-19 fund, including Margaret River’s Cabin Fever Festival, Emergence Creative and Open Studios, the Cape Naturaliste and Mandurah Pro surf competitions, the Busselton Jetty Swim and the South West Craft Beer Festival.

Cabin Fever Festival co-ordinators Brianna Delaporte and Erin Molloy said the grant helped events financially and through tourism support networks.

“It’s a tough market for regional events as they need significant financial contribution to get off the ground,” they said.

“Funding such as this means there’s greater opportunity to reach and attract more visitors to the region, in many cases in traditionally off-peak periods.”

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the scheme played an important role in positioning WA as an events destination.

“Regional events encourage people to visit and explore the area, helping to create vibrant communities and strengthening economies,” he said.

“Attracting more people to regional WA as well as supporting the growth of Aboriginal tourism are both important parts of Tourism WA’s two-year action plan.”

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said events supported local businesses, job opportunities and the local economy.

“The scheme also provides the opportunity for regional communities to showcase local attractions and promote their patch as an attractive place to visit and a great place to live.”

Event holders can apply for funding of between $5000 and $40,000. To apply, visit tourism.wa. gov.au.

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