Queensland events receive $1.4 million funding boost

Queensland Government

Queensland Government
Queensland Government

Fifty-two events across the state will share $1.4 million in new funding under the latest round of the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program.
Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the funding would aid the delivery of events in regional Queensland, providing economic and social benefits to the host communities.
“The latest funding round supports a diverse calendar of Queensland events, ranging from sailing regattas to triathlons, food and wine festivals and arts and cultural celebrations,” Mr Stuckey said.
“Tourism and Events Queensland has created the most comprehensive portfolio of supported events of any state in Australia.
“Tourism ground to a halt under Labor, but is now in the middle of a revival under the Newman Government.
“As one of the four pillars of the economy, it’s exciting to see the tourism benefits that will come through these events across the state.
“The Queensland Government recognises the importance of events in driving visitation to regional communities, playing a key role in our goal to double Queensland’s annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”
Ms Stuckey said that the 2013 DestinationQ Partnership Agreement noted that Queensland needs to deliver innovative and unique events and experiences that will leave visitors to Queensland with a lasting impression that drives repeat visitation.
“In addition to developing Queensland’s home-grown events, the latest round of the Regional Development Program will also see support provided for five new events to be held for the first time in 2014,” she said.
“Funding received through the Regional Development Program can be used for marketing activities to increase awareness of the event and destination, strategic planning, the engagement of short-term personnel and hire of temporary infrastructure.
The next Regional Development Program funding round is now open with applications closing on 14 February 2014 for events held between 1 October 2014 and 31 March 2016.
To apply for Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program Funding visit www.te.queensland.com
Discover more great events at www.queensland.com

Events supported under Round 25 of the RDP:
 

Event Name Location Dates Total Funding Recommended
Significant Regional Event Scheme
Airlie Beach Race Week Airlie Beach 08/08/14 – 15/08/14 $125,000
Easter Vintage Festival Highfields 19/04/14 – 21/04/14 $20,000
Swell Sculpture Festival Currumbin 12/09/14 – 21/09/14 $135,000
Townsville Triathlon Festival Townsville 11/07/14 – 13/07/14 $97,500
Village Festival Yeppoon 15/08/14 – 17/08/14 $90,000
Core Funding
Australian Italian Festival 2014 Tyto Wetlands Precinct, Ingham 31/07/14 – 03/08/14 $15,000
Big Red Desert Music Festival 2014 Birdsville 09/07/14 – 10/07/14 $45,000
Big Red Run 2014 Birdsville 02/07/14 – 07/07/14 $45,000
Blackall Heartland Festival 2014 Blackall 23/05/14 – 01/06/14 $20,000
Bundy Flavours Festival 2014 Bundaberg 21/09/14 – 21/09/14 $11,700
Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride 2014 Cairns & Karumba 28/06/14 – 05/07/14 $30,000
Cairns Ukulele Festival 2014 Cairns 03/07/14 – 06/07/14 $20,000
Capricorn Food and Wine Festival 2014 Yeppoon 20/09/14 – 21/09/14 $34,000
Central Highlands Multicultural Festival 2014 Emerald 23/08/14 $10,000
Childers Festival 2014 Childers 25/07/14 – 27/07/14 $14,000
Curry Merry Muster Festival 2014 Cloncurry 31/07/14 – 04/08/14 $20,000
Dalby’s Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival 2014 Dalby 30/08/14 $13,000
Eat Local Week / Winter Harvest Festival 2014 Beaudesert 28/06/14 – 06/07/14 $10,000
Elvis – Viva Surfers Paradise 2014 Surfers Paradise 05/07/14 – 13/07/14 $14,000
Feast of the Senses 2014 Innisfail 28/03/14 – 06/04/14 $15,000
FKG Tour of Toowoomba 2014 Toowoomba 22/05/14 – 25/05/14 $30,000
Gatton Heavy Horse and Heritage Festival Field Days 2014 Gatton 03/05/14 – 04/05/14 $9,000
Gold Coast Festival of Cycling 2014 Carrara 27/09/14 – 28/09/14 $10,000
Gold Coast International Food, Wine & Music Festival 2014 Mercure 11/04/14 – 13/04/14 $15,000
Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival 2014 Port Douglas 08/11/14 – 09/11/14 $30,000
Great Whitehaven Beach Run 2014 Hamilton Island 21/06/14 $6,000
Immerse Paddle Festival 2014 Currumbin 04/10/14 – 06/10/14 $5,500
International Adventure Games 2014 Townsville 04/07/14 – 08/07/14 $20,000
Isuzu Queensland Open Golf Championship Springfield Lakes 18/08/14 – 24/08/14 $20,000
Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2014 Jondaryan 29/08/14 – 31/08/14 $25,000
Kenilworth Celebrates 2014 Kenilworth 26/09/14 – 4/10/14 $10,000
Lockyer 300 2014 Lockyer Valley 17/10/14 – 19/10/14 $15,000
Mackay Marine Festival 2014 Mackay 21/06/14 – 22/06/14 $10,000
Maleny Wood Expo 2014 Maleny 03/05/14 – 04/05/14 $20,000
Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest 2014 Kandanga 19/09/14 – 21/09/14 $42,000
Morning Glory Festival 2014 Burketown 19/09/14 – 28/09/14 $35,000
National Finals Rodeo Gold Coast 2014 Gold Coast 12/06/14 – 15/06/14 $15,000
Noosa Jazz Festival 2014 Noosa 04/09/14 – 07/09/14 $25,000
Paluma Push 2014 Paluma 19/07/14 – 20/07/14 $15,000
Port Douglas Carnivale 2014 Port Douglas 16/05/14 – 25/05/14 $25,000
Qld International 3 Day Event 2014 Warwick 28/08/14 – 31/08/14 $10,000
Queensland Country Showcase Race Day, Goondiwindi 2014 Goondiwindi 20/04/14 – 21/04/14 $10,000
Queensland Garden Expo 2014 Nambour 11/07/14 – 13/07/14 $40,000
Queensland Heritage Rally 2014 Ayr 25/07/14 – 27/07/14 $10,000
Reef Feast 2014 Palm Cove 09/10/14 – 12/10/14 $15,000
Relish Fraser Coast Food & Wine 2014 Maryborough 07/06/14 – 08/06/14 $21,250
River Rock to Mountain Top Community Festival 2014 Pioneer Valley 26/04/14 – 10/05/14 $10,000
Rum Bar Maxi Regatta 2014 Airlie Beach 25/07/14 – 27/07/14 $39,000
Stockmans Challenge and Campdraft 2014 Cloncurry 10/07/14 – 13/07/14 $15,000
Straddie Salute Multisport Festival 2014 North Stradbroke Island 05/09/14 – 07/09/14 $20,000
Trans Tasman Gubbi Gubbi Waka Ama 2014 Kawana Waters 24/09/14 – 26/09/14 $10,000
Whitsunday Reef Festival 2014 Airlie Beach 14/08/14 – 17/08/14 $25,000