Help­ing drive tourists to re­gional events

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Re­gional events planned in July to De­cem­ber next year can can ap­ply for NSW Govern­ment fund­ing.

The fund­ing is to help drive more overnight vis­i­tors to ru­ral and re­gional towns across the state.

NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans said ap­pli­ca­tions are were open for the In­cu­ba­tor Event Fund and the Flag­ship Event Fund, with more than $500 000 avail­able.

‘‘These two funds are a great plat­form for the own­ers of new and emerg­ing events in our re­gion in­ter­ested in ex­tra sup­port to help get their event off the ground or grow into some­thing big­ger,’’ he said.

‘‘The fund­ing grants will as­sist in at­tract­ing more overnight vis­i­tors to Mur­ray, in the hope they stay longer and spend more time ex­plor­ing ev­ery­thing our re­gion has to of­fer, putting more tourist dol­lars into the pock­ets of our lo­cal busi­ness­peo­ple.

‘‘The Per­ri­coota Pop and Pour Fes­ti­val, held in Moama re­cently, and the For­mula 1.0 Glid­ing Grand Prix, to be held in Lee­ton from De­cem­ber 27 to Jan­uary 9 are two ex­am­ples of events which re­ceived NSW Govern­ment sup­port via the In­cu­ba­tor Event Fund.’’

The Flag­ship Event Fund of­fers an an­nual grant of $20 000 or a tri­en­nial grant of $27 500 to sup­port marketing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The In­cu­ba­tor Event Fund of­fers grants of up to $20 000 to new events to help with el­e­ments such as tem­po­rary in­fra­struc­ture, marketing and pro­mo­tions, venue hire or at­tendee re­search.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for both close Sun­day, Jan­uary 13.

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