Raft of new events across WA after funding blitz

The 2021 Kalgoorlie Desert Race is one of 62 events to get funding this year.

Western Australia will see 12 new events funded across the State as part of Tourism WA’s 2021-2022 Regional Events Scheme.

The Scheme awarded funding to a total of 62 events, with $1 million is shared through the annual funding round.

Among the new events supported is the Sydney Memorial Weekend in Geraldton to mark the 80th anniversary of the loss of the HMAS Sydney and its crew; the Wadandi Surfing classic in the South-West which blends local Aboriginal culture and surfing; and the Carnarvon Windfest in the Gascoyne.

In addition, 17 events that were previously awarded funding and postponed until this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, will be held before December 31, 2021.

“It’s great news that 62 events spanning every region in Western Australia have been awarded funding through the latest round of the Regional Events Scheme,” said Tourism Minister David Templeman.

“Regional events play an important role in attracting visitors to a destination and boosting the local economy – this is particularly important as the industry continues to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Whether it’s enjoying an outback experience at the 2021 Kalgoorlie Desert Race, marvelling at the natural beauty of the Mullewa Wildflower Festival or taking in the sounds of the Pearl Coast Jazz Festival in the Kimberley, I encourage everyone to get out into the regions, travel somewhere they’ve never been and have an unforgettable WA experience.”

See the full list of recipients here.