Applications for the Regional Events Scheme (RES) and new Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme are now open through Tourism WA.
“This program was boosted significantly by Royalties for Regions when The Nationals were in government and has helped showcase regional WA by supporting hundreds of events,” Mr Redman said.
“Funding of between $5,000 and $50,000 can be requested to assist events that bring additional tourism income to the regions, involve local people and organisations, and attract media exposure that raises the profile of our regional towns and communities.”
A pool of $150,000 is available specifically through the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme for events delivering an authentic Aboriginal experience.
Applications for both schemes are open until 5pm on Tuesday December 12, 2017. More information and application guidelines can be found at http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/res.
Events in the Warren-Blackwood previously funded by the RES include Truffle Kerfuffle, Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, Gourmet Escape, Blues in Bridgetown, Augusta Adventure Fest, Karri Valley Triathlon, and Grapes and Gallops Festival in Mt Barker.
“All these events stimulate the local economy and encourage tourists and locals to enjoy the wider attractions in the region.”
Mr Redman said while it was positive the State Government was funding the Regional Events Scheme, it was disappointing to see funding cuts in other areas of the sector.
“The McGowan Government will no longer provide grants for regional visitor centres which I believe is short-sighted as these centres promote our towns, encourage people to stay longer in the regions and help maximise positive visitor experiences,” Mr Redman said.
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