Sixty-eight events including 13 new events in regional Western Australia will share in $1 million funding under Tourism WA’s annual Regional Events Scheme.
The new events include the Morawa Biennial Art Awards and Exhibition in the Mid-West, the Pilbara’s outdoor multi-sport adventure experience Red Dog Relay and Festival, and RAES event Bandak Mereny Yanginy (Outdoor Giving of Food), an Indigenous food-inspired event in the Great Southern region.
The funding includes $150,000 reserved for the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES), for events that deliver Aboriginal activities or experiences and celebrate the promotion and leadership of Aboriginal people.
“As Western Australia opens up to the rest of the world, regional events provide an opportunity for local, interstate and international visitors to go beyond city limits and to experience the unique features in each of our State’s wonderful regions,” said Tourism Minister Roger Cook.
“Our clear message to the rest of the country and the world is that Western Australia is well and truly open for business – all over the State. Regional events play an important role in attracting visitors to these areas, stimulating local economies by creating jobs and adding vibrancy to our dynamic regional communities.”