Events in Shoalhaven which have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 have been given grants worth a total $170,000 to help them get back on their feet in 2021.
The funds are from the $10 million Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, which was set up to support events of all types in fire-affected regions.
The events that shared in the grants include Meet me in the South Coast ($70,000), the Big Country music festival ($25,000), the South Coast Food and Wine Festival ($25,000), the Fairgrounds Festival ($25,000) and the Burradise Festival ($25,000).
“I think now that money has been granted it’s great, and it is needed to help support those events when they are rescheduled,” said Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips.
“Obliviously COVID has prolonged bushfire recovery but we are still going to need it to stimulate tourism in our area.
“It is unfortunate a lot of them are going to be rescheduled, but it doesn’t take away from what the government should be doing which is stimulating infrastructure tourism projects – there is a number of projects right across the south coast that could go ahead.”