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    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Queensland events benefit from funding boost

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Queensland events benefit from funding boost

    The Palaszczuk Government will provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to dozens of regional events and festivals as part of a strategy to attract more visitors to Queensland.

    Acting Tourism Industry Development Minister Shannon Fentiman said 32 events would be supported under round eight of Tourism and Events Queensland’s Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP).

    “Regional events attract visitors, increase visitor spending, boost regional economies and support local jobs,” she said.

    “QDEP funding will support events from food, music and film festivals to sporting and cultural events that celebrate Queensland’s people, lifestyle and idyllic destinations.

    “Successful events in this round include the Townsville Triathlon Festival, the Quandamooka Festival, Surfers Paradise LIVE, the Birdsville Big Red Bash, the Keep the Flame of Culture Burning Festival and the Australian Body Art Festival.

    “This funding boost will support event marketing, strategic development and go towards staff hire and event infrastructure.”

    Ms Fentiman said Queensland event’s calendar was expected to be worth $780 million in 2018 and was vital to Queensland’s economy.

    “The Palaszczuk Government will continue to invest in Queensland’s tourism industry and will increase QDEP funding from $2 million to $3 million from 2018-19,” she said.

    “This will support more events in regional Queensland communities, grow visitor numbers and help to support more regional jobs.

    “An additional $30 million will be invested to secure new major events for Queensland over three years.”

    Applications for Round 9 of QDEP funding are open until 7 February for events held between August 2018 and November 2019.



    Successful QDEP round 8 events include:

     

     

    Destination

    Date

    Funding Support

    Quandamooka Festival

    Brisbane

    1 July – 30 September 2018

    $25,000

    Redcliffe KiteFest

    Brisbane

    25-26 August 2018

    $10,000

    Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular

    Brisbane

    16-17 June 2018

    $10,000

    The Abbey Medieval Festival

    Brisbane

    13-15 July 2018

    $25,000

    Childers Festival

    Bundaberg North Burnett

    26-29 July 2018

    $18,300

    Winterfeast

    Bundaberg North Burnett

    6-15 July 2018

    $15,000

    Rockhampton River Festival

    Capricorn

    13-15 July 2018

    $20,000

    The CQUniversity Capricorn Village Festival

    Capricorn

    10-12 August 2018

    $20,000

    Mary Poppins Festival

    Fraser Coast

    29 June – 8 July 2018

    $10,000

    Captain Cook 1770 Festival

    Gladstone

    25-27 May 2018

    $15,000

    Cooly Rocks On

    Gold Coast

    6-10 June 2018

    $50,000

    Gold Coast Film Festival

    Gold Coast

    17-29 April 2018

    $30,000

    Surfers Paradise LIVE

    Gold Coast

    3-6 May 2018

    $10,000

    VIVA Surfers Paradise

    Gold Coast

    13-22 July 2018

    $20,000

    Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts

    Mackay

    1-31 July 2018

    $10,000

    Birdsville Big Red Bash

    Outback Queensland

    10-12 July 2018

    $210,000

    Boulia Camel Races

    Outback Queensland

    20-22 July 2018

    $20,000

    Easter in the Country Roma

    Outback Queensland

    29 March – 2 April 2018

    $20,000

    Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

    Outback Queensland

    29 June – 7 July 2018

    $60,000

    Australian Camp Oven Festival

    Southern Queensland Country

    6-7 October 2018

    $30,000

    Easter Vintage Festival

    Southern Queensland Country

    31 March – 2 April 2018

    $10,000

    Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival

    Southern Queensland Country

    19-29 July 2018

    $15,000

    Australian Body Art Festival

    Sunshine Coast

    7-8 April 2018

    $10,000

    Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

    Sunshine Coast

    27 May 2018

    $15,000

    Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest

    Sunshine Coast

    21-24 September 2018

    $10,000

    NOOSA Alive!

    Sunshine Coast

    20-29 July 2018

    $10,000

    Queensland Garden Expo

    Sunshine Coast

    13-15 July 2018

    $25,000

    Townsville Triathlon Festival

    Townsville North Queensland

    17-19 August 2018

    $18,000

    Cooktown Discovery Festival

    Tropical North Queensland

    15-17 June 2018

    $10,000

    Keep the Flame of Culture Burning Festival

    Tropical North Queensland

    2-7 July 2018

    $10,000

    Port Douglas Carnivale

    Tropical North Queensland

    25-27 May 2018

    $25,000

    Whitsunday Reef Festival

    The Whitsundays

    2-5 August 2018

    $10,000

     

     

    TOTAL

    $796,300

     

     

    Media: Jack Harbour  3719 7538