$1m boost for regional events in SA

The South Australian Government has announced an additional $1 million in regional event funding.

Premier Steven Marshall announced the 50 per cent boost in funding to the Regional Event Fund at Paracombe Wines in the Adelaide Hills, one of the participating venues in the Adelaide Hills’ food and wine celebration Crush Festival, an event currently funded under the fund.

“We are putting our money where our mouth is when it comes to creating jobs and boosting regional tourism,” Marshall said.

“This expanded regional event fund is in direct response to what regional communities need as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19, boosting spending and jobs right across our great state.

“With the latest data showing 48 cents in every tourism dollar is spent in our regions, regional tourism is playing a key role in the recovery of our state’s visitor economy.

“This million-dollar boost for regional events aims to keep that momentum going well into 2021 and beyond and is exactly what the industry has told us they need to attract more visitors across more events throughout the entire year, and importantly – get more people into work.”

Events currently funded include the Bay to Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills, Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations in the Limestone Coast, the state-wide SALA Festival, and the Crush Festival.

The 2021-22 Regional Event Fund has four categories – significant event funding (from $50,000); established event funding ($20,000 to $50,000); development event funding ($10,000 to $20,000); and emerging event funding ($5,000 to $10,000).

Applications to the Significant Event Funding category will be accepted year-round, with funding available from 1 July 2021.