Events funding pro­vides tourism boost

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Sev­eral Pil­bara events have been awarded funding un­der the State Gov­ern­ment’s lat­est round of re­gional events scheme funding.

Brew and the Moo, North West Fes­ti­val, the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence, the Nin­ga­loo Whale Shark Fes­ti­val and the Red Earth Arts Fes­ti­val all gained new or con­tin­ued sup­port un­der the pro­gram, which pro­vides grants of be­tween $5000 and $50,000 to as­sist events.

Brew and the Moo or­gan­iser David Yakas said the funding would help po­si­tion the event as a tourism draw­card.

“In our first year we were heav­ily sup­ported through in-kind sup­port from lo­cal busi­ness which was great, but this cash sup­port means we now have the op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in bet­ter en­ter­tain­ment, fa­cil­i­ties and ex­po­sure,” he said.

“We would like to see about 3235 per cent of pa­trons com­ing to the event from out of town this year.”

Among the ideas for this year’s event is a plan for a beer tast­ing area, hav­ing brew­eries rep­re­sented on-site, bring­ing in a My Kitchen Rules con­tes­tant, and of­fer­ing pack­ages to get pa­trons out with lo­cal tourism busi­nesses.

“What­ever it might be, we want peo­ple to come here and in­vest in the re­gion while they are here in­stead of com­ing in for a day or two, go­ing to the fes­ti­val, then leav­ing,” Mr Yakas said.

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel said re­gional events de­liv­ered so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity.

“The re­gional events scheme sup­ports a range of smaller or de­vel­op­ing sport­ing, arts, cul­tural and culi­nary events that en­cour­age vis­i­ta­tion, add vi­brancy and pro­vide valu­able me­dia ex­po­sure for the re­gion,” he said.

Brew and the Moo will take place in Novem­ber.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Damien Shen­ton, Adam Lawtie, Sam Clark and Corey Souter-Robertson en­joy beer and beef at Brew and the Moo.

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