Fes­ti­val given $125k

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla’s Wall to Wall fes­ti­val has se­cured $125 000 in fund­ing from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment and a newly ap­pointed com­mit­tee will en­sure it is spent wisely.

State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes was in town last week to make the an­nounce­ment, which will al­low or­gan­is­ers to op­er­ate the event for its fourth con­sec­u­tive year.

She met with com­mit­tee chair Rox­anne De­mas­son, who said the fund­ing was vi­tal to the con­tin­ued suc­cess of Wall to Wall.

‘‘The fund­ing is essen­tial, it al­lows us to run the fes­ti­val the town de­serves,’’ Ms De­mas­son said.

‘‘The new com­mit­tee brings a fresh en­ergy to the fes­ti­val and will con­tinue the fan­tas­tic work done for Wall to Wall in re­cent years.

‘‘It’s such a big thing to vol­un­teer for a fes­ti­val for a long time.

‘‘So to have a new team come in is very ex­cit­ing for the fu­ture of the fes­ti­val.’’

Ms De­mas­son also con­firmed there would be a num­ber of re­turn­ing artists as well as some new faces.

‘‘They (the artists) love the fes­ti­val and it’s al­ways re­ally heart­warm­ing to hear from them be­cause they love ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Be­nalla com­mu­nity and love be­ing a part of build­ing this town and mak­ing it more vi­brant,’’ she said.

Ms Symes said the Wall to Wall Fes­ti­val had made Be­nalla the re­gional street art cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia, thanks to the sup­port of the lo­cal town­ship and the amaz­ing art­works by lead­ing street artists, and renowned in­ter­na­tional artists.

‘‘I’m thrilled that La­bor is yet again sup­port­ing the Wall to Wall Fes­ti­val in my home town,” Ms Symes said.

‘‘Since its in­cep­tion I have worked hard to en­sure the festi- val re­ceives gov­ern­ment sup­port and it’s fan­tas­tic to see the event grow each year.

‘‘The fes­ti­val brings thou­sands of peo­ple to my beau­ti­ful home town, boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and sup­port­ing lo­cal jobs.

‘‘It has rein­vig­o­rated Be­nalla, putting it on the world stage as a leader in street art.

‘‘This is the first time it’s been on a long week­end and my un­der­stand­ing is that week­end was cho­sen to cap­i­talise and at­tract even more vis­i­tors than we have be­fore.

‘‘The Wall to Wall Fes­ti­val is some­thing we can all be ex­tremely proud of.’’

Thrilled: Wall to Wall Com­mit­tee chair Rox­anne De­mas­son, State Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes and Wall to Wall Com­mit­tee mem­ber Shan­non Thar­ratt.

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