Event has se­cure spot on cal­en­dar

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr and Louise Alling­ham

The Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence, Nin­galens Film Com­pe­ti­tion and City to Surf for Ac­tiv re­gional se­ries have shared in $850,000 of fund­ing from the State Govern­ment’s re­gional events scheme for 2016-17.

Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence or­gan­iser Sarah Kemp said the fund­ing and sup­port would be crit­i­cal to se­cur­ing the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of the event.

“Hav­ing just de­liv­ered the 2016 (Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence), this is the first fund­ing se­cured for 2017 and pro­vides a very solid foun­da­tion from which to grow and de­liver the event next year,” she said.

“As part of this fund­ing KE staff have al­ready at­tended a work­shop on risk man­age­ment, a great op­por­tu­nity for ca­pac­ity build­ing.”

Ms Kemp said it was im­por­tant for the State Govern­ment to sup­port events such as the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence. “Events such as Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence de­liver mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits for the re­gion in­clud­ing, direct eco­nomic flow-through into our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

“It helps drive growth in tourism, it is pro­vid­ing a plat­form to cel­e­brate the cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues of the re­gion and also it pro­vides op­por­tu­nity for ca­pac­ity build­ing and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment in the de­liv­ery of the event.”

Pre­mier and Tourism Min­is­ter Colin Bar­nett said the Re­gional Events Scheme pro­vided vi­tal sup­port to kick-start and de­velop events which in­volved lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and at­tracted vis­i­tors and me­dia cov­er­age.

“In­clud­ing the lat­est re­cip­i­ents, the scheme has sup­ported more than 300 re­gional events since 2011, help­ing to shape WA as an ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tion with year-round ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­vide an ex­tra draw­card for vis­i­tors,” he said.

“In 2015, vis­i­tors spent $9 bil­lion in the State, in­clud­ing $4 bil­lion in re­gional ar­eas. “We want to see this re­gional con­tri­bu­tion grow to $4.75 bil­lion by 2020, and events are key to that goal.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the in­vest­ment played a cru­cial role in po­si­tion­ing re­gional WA as a recog­nised tourism des­ti­na­tion.

“Re­gional events gen­er­ate jobs and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, and de­liver sig­nif­i­cant so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the re­gions,” he said.

“Strong re­gional com­mu­ni­ties bring pros­per­ity to WA and I am pleased to see Roy­al­ties for Re­gions in­vest in the sus­tain­abil­ity of our re­gions.”

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