Sixty-six NSW events share in $1.3m funding

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Sixty-six regional communities across NSW will share in $1.3 million of grants of up to $50,000 each from the state’s Regional Event Fund.

This year’s list of recipients includes The Tamworth Barbeque Festival; The Gum Ball in the Hunter Valley; The Orange Wine Festival; and The Festival of W in Wagga Wagga.

Sporting events include the Pilliga Ultra, the Mount Panorama Punish, the National Freestyle Mountain bike Championships in Shellharbour and the Let’s Surf Lake Mac event at Lake Macquarie.

Managed by Destination NSW, the Regional Event Fund bolsters event organisers with equipment hire, venue hire, market research, photography, videography, publicity and marketing to attract out-of-region visitors.

“We know that regional events and event owners are faced with significant challenges in this current environment and these grants will help alleviate some of that financial pressure,” said Tourism Minister John Graham.

“We want to help these events reach the heights of the Deni Ute Muster or the Parkes Elvis Festival, events that are now highlights of the NSW calendar. These unique events reflect the personalities of their communities and draw visitors from all over the country.”

To view the full list of successful recipients of the 2024/25 Regional Event Fund click here.