Grants help Tassie events return in 2021

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events.

The Ultimate Showdown has been given approval to go ahead under the Tasmanian Government’s Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events with organisers submitting a COVID safety plan for a level 3 event that details their approach to managing an event in a safe environment.

Carrick Speedway received a $5,000 Event Ready Grant to help meet the additional expenses associated with developing their COVID-19 safety plans and managing COVID safe events.

“We set up the Framework for COVID-19 Safe Events and Activities in Tasmania, to support event organisers to plan for larger events while ensuring the safety of our community remains paramount,” said Sarah Courtney, Minister for Small Business, Hospitality and Events.

“Of the 41 events already submitted, I’m pleased to announce 28 have been approved with further assessments underway.”

Among those applications approved so far are Botanical Gardens Concert Series; Wellness Expo; Street Eats; Devonport Cup; Latrobe, Carrick and Hobart Speedways; Rowing Tasmania’s Regattas; BBL10; and Hobart Regatta.

“We all have a responsibility to keep on top of COVID-19, and the way Tasmania’s event organisers have embraced the Framework is a promising sign as we look to host more events,” said Courtney.

“Tasmanians love their events, whether it’s a local footy game, motorsport, theatre production or favourite food and wine festival, and as we continue the commencement of larger scale events I encourage Tasmanians to keep showing their support, be responsible and to follow COVID safe behaviours to keep doing the things we love.

“I’d like to thank the organisers around Tasmania who have worked very hard to adjust to the changes by bringing forward a raft of innovative ideas to ensure Tasmanians can once again attend the events they enjoy.”

Event organisers can continue to register their events and submit their COVID-19 Safety Plan through the Business Tasmania website.