Funding boost for Regional NSW events at ‘critical time’

Regional events across NSW have been given a boost following the state government’s pledge of $1 million to help the tourism sector recover.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said many regional NSW events had to cancel of postpone following COVID-19 restrictions resulting in cash flow issues for many event owners and local businesses.

“Businesses in regional communities are preparing for a much needed economic boost after enduring drought, bushfires and more recently COVID-19,” he said.

The 2020 Regional Event Fund is supporting 59 events across the state including 18 events through $20,000 annual Flagship Event Fund grants; 12 events through $30,000 cash and in-kind triennial Flagship Event Fund grants; and 29 events through $10,000 Micro Event Fund grants.

“These events create local jobs and bring regional communities together, and so we look forward to a full calendar of COVID-Safe events across the state later in 2020 and into next year,” he said.

NSW Tourism Minister Sydney Stuart Ayres said the fund would provide critical support to the tourism and events industries across the state.

“The calibre and diversity of events supported through the Regional Event Fund will give visitors plenty of extra motivation to get out and explore regional NSW,” Ayres said.

“Tourism is the backbone of so many regional NSW towns, and we know that events are a big drawcard for intrastate and interstate visitors so the NSW Government is proud to support these activities at such a critical time.”

Events across the Central West are set to benefit in the funding boost. Among the Flagship Event Fund, Central West recipients were Bathurst Winter Festival; Dubbo Stampede Running Festival; Flavours of Mudgee Street Festival; National Cherry Festival; Warbirds Downunder Airshow.