New $100,000 event grants to get people back into Perth CBD

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The WA Government has announced a new $4 million event grants program as part of a new $12 million package aimed at getting people back into the Perth CBD and Northbridge.

It comes after the easing of restrictions to baseline measures, which includes mask wearing encouraged but no longer mandatory and the removal of the two square metre rule for venues.

The events grant program will be offering funding of up to $100,000 to run a wide range of events such as markets, long-table dinners, live music performances and food and wine events.

As part of the grants program, successful recipients will be able to apply to the State Government for the use of locations such as Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square and the Cultural Centre Precinct.

The event grants will be available for 12 months from July 1 2022 through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, with applications opening next month.

The Government is also investing $7 million in activating and revitalising Yagan Square, with local hospitality operator Nokturnl chosen to reinvigorate the Market Hall at Yagan Square. Nokturnl operates a number of venues in Perth including Old Synagogue in Fremantle and The Beaufort in Mount Lawley.

Premier Mark McGowan said the initiatives will help increase foot traffic and breathe new life into the CBD and Northbridge.

“There are so many fantastic places in the CBD and Northbridge – whether it be for dinner, an after-work drink or a night out on the town,” he said.

“With the easing of health measures, I encourage those that can to support businesses in the CBD and Northbridge as they recover from COVID-19.”

Local Government Minister John Carey said the package is about getting people back in the CBD.

“The event grants are really a blank canvas, and with up to $100,000 on offer, it is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to make use of vacant and empty spaces, to get people back into the City,” he said.

“We could see some really fantastic events being held, such as long table lunches alongside the river showcasing some of our state’s finest food and wine, and live music and artistic events in some unique locations in the City.

“My message to the community and to businesses is to make use of the funding, so we can activate the City and Northbridge and bring some vibrancy back into the CBD.”