Funding for flagship events

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COME ANYTIME: Jan Cross, Geoff Newman, Noel Manser, tourism minister Adam Marshall, Jann Newman, MP Thomas George and mayor Peter Petty at the announcement of flagship funding for Oracles earlier this year.

COME ANYTIME: Jan Cross, Geoff Newman, Noel Manser, tourism minister Adam Marshall, Jann Newman, MP Thomas George and mayor Peter Petty at the announcement of flagship funding for Oracles earlier this year.

Oracles of the Bush nabbed a $20,000 grant from the last round of the NSW Government’s Flagship Event Fund, and the process has now begun for applications for the next round.

MP Thomas George, said the fund offers successful applicants a one-off annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 per year for three years. The event must have a track record of at least two years, however, so next year’s proposed Peter Allen Festival won’t be eligible, sadly. 

The initiative does, however, play right into the #tenterfieldtrue marketing initiative officially launched on Wednesday, August 9 to encourage visitors to stay another night, or two.

“I am delighted to announce expressions of interest for the 2018 Flagship Event Fund are now open, providing events that have been running for more than two years with funding support for marketing activities aimed at driving overnight visitation,” Mr George said.

“Our communities have so many wonderful stories to tell and events not only help boost our local economies but take visitors on an incredible journey, whether it’s showcasing our fantastic food, artists, sportspeople or musicians.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the fund, which is managed by the state’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, is part of the government’s record spend in rural and regional tourism.

“The NSW Government has committed $43 million over four years to attract more visitors to experience our wonderful rural and regional destinations and events,” Mr Marshall said.

“This fund is part of our record investment in growing tourism across the state and represents rural and regional NSW at its best with local communities coming together to stage events, which are often a great reflection of the region’s unique character and culture.”

Expressions of Interest for the 2018 Flagship Event Fund are open until close of business on Friday, September 1 and applicants whose expressions of interest sufficiently meet the criteria will be invited to submit a full application in October.

For further information on the 2018 Flagship Event Fund and to lodge an expression of interest visit destinationnsw.com.au/rfep

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