Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
A record 63 events receiving sponsorship through the Liberal National Government’s Regional Events Scheme will brighten up the cultural calendar of Western Australia. Visitors and locals, therefore, in the region will be spoilt for choice now in culture, sport and entertainment in 2016-17.
A film festival for Exmouth, Speedway Sedans in Albany, the Karijini experience and the City to Surf’s regional series are some of the events to benefit from funding through the initiative, co-ordinated by Tourism WA and made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the Regional Events Scheme provided vital support to kick-start and develop events which involved local communities and attracted visitors and media coverage.
“The record funding pool of up to $850,000 in 2016-17 has meant 12 events received sponsorship through the scheme for the first time, while more established events have the chance to grow bigger and better,” Barnett said.
“Including the latest recipients, the scheme has supported more than 300 regional events since 2011, helping to shape WA as an exciting destination with year-round activities to provide an extra drawcard for visitors.
“Tourism is a major contributor to regional economies. In 2015, visitors spent $9 billion in the State, including $4 billion in regional areas. We want to see this regional contribution grow to $4.75 billion by 2020, and events are key to that goal.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment played a crucial role in positioning regional WA as a recognised tourism destination.