Grant set to boost ap­peal of fes­ti­val

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

To make it a bit more of a spe­cial event for ev­ery­one. Lisa Be­van

HAR­VEY Har­vest Fes­ti­val will boast more en­ter­tain­ment for its 20th year af­ter be­ing named among 62 events in the lat­est round of the Re­gional Events Scheme.

The State Gov­ern­ment-funded scheme is aimed at de­vel­op­ing smaller re­gional events in WA with $850,000 shared be­tween re­cip­i­ents, an­nounced on May 6, for 2017 and 2018 events.

This is the sec­ond year the fes­ti­val has been a re­cip­i­ent of a grant through the scheme and re­ceived $10,000 for next year.

Fes­ti­val co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Be­vans said next year would be the fes­ti­val’s 20th year, and the grant money would go to­wards more en­ter­tain­ment and more in the free chil­dren’s area.

“To make it a bit more of a spe­cial event for ev­ery­one,” she said.

“We’re just putting to­gether ideas at the mo­ment.

“It just makes things a bit eas­ier – it’s hard to get fund­ing th­ese days.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said not only did th­ese events at­tract vis­i­tors, they cre­ate much-needed busi­ness and job op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

“The scheme is part of the Gov­ern­ment’s plans to sup­port the re­gions to show­case and pro­mote their unique and di­verse at­trac­tions, mak­ing them ex­cit­ing places to visit and great places to live.”

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said that in 2016, vis­i­tors spent $10 bil­lion in WA, in­clud­ing $4.7 bil­lion in re­gional ar­eas.

“Events play an im­por­tant role in strength­en­ing the econ­omy by at­tract­ing vis­i­tors to the re­gion, gen­er­at­ing me­dia at­ten­tion which pro­vides valu­able ex­po­sure of the des­ti­na­tion and adding vi­brancy to the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” he said.

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