Geraldton’s Shore Leave Festival secures three-year funding deal

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The Shore Leave Festival, which celebrates the maritime heritage of Geraldton and the Mid-West region, has secured funding for a further three years.

The festival pays homage to the area’s fresh seafood such as the Western Rock Lobster, as well as its land-based produce, arts, history, Aboriginal culture and some of the State’s best chefs.

Planned to be held each May, the four-day event is set to feature a mix of ticketed and free experiences, including a long-table dining event on the Abrolhos Islands, walking tours and seafood markets.

Over the next three years, the event is expected to attract more than 2,480 attendees from outside the region and generate more than $2.7 million for the local economy.

“From its fresh seafood and stunning coastline to its rich cultural heritage, the Shore Leave Festival will shine a light on the many appealing features of Geraldton and the Mid West region,” said Tourism Minister David Templeman.

“Funding events like the Shore Leave Festival is a fantastic example of how the McGowan Government is getting behind regional communities as they develop home-grown initiatives that will bring many benefits for the area in the years to come.”

Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton welcomed the funding news, saying the festival will boost the region’s profile.

“The event this year was a fabulous success, bringing many new visitors to Geraldton and boosting our economy, as well as providing some great employment opportunity and experiences,” she said.

“We look forward to this new festival putting Geraldton and the Mid-West on the map as a food and cultural tourism destination.”