Palaszczuk Government backs the bush in Year of Outback Tourism

Published Thursday, 19 September, 2019 at 09:47 AM

Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Visitors will have 15 more reasons to make tracks through the Queensland Outback with the second round of the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program announced in Parliament today.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said late last year she declared 2019 the Year of Outback Tourism and initiated the $3 million Year of Outback Tourism Events Program to help our outback communities doing it tough due to the long-running drought.

“The best help we can give our outback towns is to visit them,” the Premier said.

“By backing the bush, we boost the bush and we’re doing everything we can to help entice people to get out there and experience everything the Outback has to offer.

“Round one saw 26 events and experiences benefit from more than $1.1 million and contributed to the 2019 It’s Live! In Queensland calendar of events.

“Today I am pleased to announce a further 15 events will share in $679,500 under round two including the Curry Merry Muster Festival in Cloncurry and The Outback Food, Wine and Music Festival in Longreach.

“Five of these events are brand new including the Diamantina Delights Festival in Birdsville and the Undara Outback Rockabilly Rods and Rides Festival at Mount Surprise.

“We’re funding Karumba’s Anglers Classic, a barramundi fishing competition, and festivals ranging from the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival to the inaugural Festival of Outback Opera in Mount Isa.

“There’s also Cloncurry’s “Back to the 40s” World War II History Experience where you’ll learn about Outback Queensland’s unique role as a military operations base in the Second World War.

“Qantas will celebrate their 100th anniversary next year, and we will be supporting the Qantas Founders Outback Museum with their centenary celebrations.

“Next year the shears will be clicking in Thargomindah, fireworks will be going off above the ‘Watering Hole’ in Thallon, Easter will be celebrated in Roma, a cattle drive reunion will be held in Aramac, and the Outback’s unique role as a military operations base during the Second World War will be commemorated in Cloncurry.

“And there are even more opportunities for funding available from today with round three of the Year of Outback Tourism Events Program now open.

“Outback tourism is already worth more than $350 million and supports 3700 jobs, and our Government is working closely with local governments and businesses, community organisations and festival promoters to ensure these numbers continue to grow.”

Applications for round three close 4 November 2019.

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Year of Outback Tourism Events Program round two recipients:

Celebration of the Qantas Centenary*


1 October 2019

– 31 December 2020

Theodore’s Bulls n Barrels Bonanza


19 October 2019

Jambin State School P&C Bullarama 2020


14 Mar 2020

Roma’s Easter in the Country


9 – 13 April 2020

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival

Julia Creek

17 – 19 April 2020

Channel Country Quick Shears Shindig


19 – 23 May 2020

Harry Redford Cattle Drive Reunion


22 –24 May 2020

Festival of Outback Opera*

Mount Isa

22 – 28 Jun 2020

2020 Curry Merry Muster Festival


1 August 2020

‘Back to the 40s’ Cloncurry WW2 experience*


15 August 2020

Birdsville Beer Wine and Food Festival*


1– 2 September 2020

The Outback Food, Wine & Music Festival


11 – 12 September 2020

Grazing at the Watering Hole


12 September 2020

Undara Outback Rockabilly Rods & Rides Festival*

Mount Surprise

2 – 5 October 2020

Karumba Barra & Blues Festival and Anglers Classic


3 – 5 October 2020

* denotes new event/attraction




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