Continued funding for events
An outdoor adventure race, a music festival and fishing competition are among the local events that will see continued funding from the City of Karratha’s Major Events Sponsorship Scheme.
The scheme, which will continue this financial year, sought to identify new events and provide seed money to assist them to grow.
Diverse activities including sports, music, and food and wine, were showcased throughout the successful events, with some returning more than $9 in economic benefits for every dollar invested by the City.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said support for community-run major events had brought extensive economic activity and media coverage for the city.
He said the program was a great way to build the profile of the city and provide a great range of high-quality events for the community.
“We have lots of creative, passionate people in our city and we want to help them to grow events and festivals in their areas of interests,” he said.
“Our evaluations have shown good returns on investment for each event with some performing exceptionally.
“There is over $400,000 allocated to this program and although some events were one-offs or will not be renewed, other new events will now have the opportunity to apply for this funding pool.”
The events receiving continued funding are the Billfish Shootout, Red Dog Relay, City to Surf, Gossip Festival and Sprintcar Stampede, with some recent events still to complete their evaluation.
Applications for the major events sponsorship scheme are open all year round, however, applicants are encouraged to apply earlier in the year because of the limited pool of funding.
For more information, please contact the City of Karratha on 9186 8555.
Tom Atkinson at the Red Dog Relay, which will receive continued funding.