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Half a million dollar funding boost for Queensland events

Queensland tourism will receive a major boost with more than half a million dollars to grow events throughout the state.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said $535,000 had been awarded to 21 events through round five of the Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP).

“Events play a key role in growing Queensland’s tourism economy, increasing overnight visitation, driving visitors to the state and offering them an extraordinary and uniquely Queensland experience,” Ms Jones said.

“Six events in this round have attained Significant Event funding including the Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Cooly Rocks On, Viva Surfers Paradise, Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races, and the Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing.

“These events will benefit from increased marketing and strategic support to increase their profile and promote their experiences to visitors.

“We also have five new events receiving funding through QDEP for the first time as we look to further grow our events calendar in Queensland.”

Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to event development that directly benefited Queensland’s regional communities.

“After five rounds, total QDEP funding has risen to more than $4.2 million,” Ms Jones said.

“We are committed to investing in Queensland events which drive visitation, grow tourism and support tourism jobs.”

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) CEO Leanne Coddington congratulated the successful events and said TEQ’s events funding program would continue to provide a platform for further tourism growth.

“Events are a great excuse for people to get out and experience Queensland, and a valuable tool to encourage dispersal throughout our unique destinations,” Ms Coddington said.

“There is great variety in Queensland’s events scene which plays a significant part in creating memorable experiences for visitors.”

The QDEP Round Six is currently open for event submissions that take place between August 2017 and November 2018.

Events successful in round five of QDEP:

*Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular, $10,000 – Brisbane
Childers Festival, $10,000 – Bundaberg
Rockhampton River Festival, $15,000 – Capricorn
The CQUniversity Village Festival, $20,000 – Capricorn
*Mary Poppins Festival, $20,000 – Fraser Coast
*The Hervey Bay Ocean Festival, $15,000 – Fraser Coast
Captain Cook 1770 Festival, $12,000 – Gladstone
Broadbeach Country Music Festival, $90,000 – Gold Coast
Cooly Rocks On, $50,000 – Gold Coast
Viva Surfers Paradise, $30,000 – Gold Coast
SWELL Sculpture Festival, $24,000 – Gold Coast
Mackay Festival of Arts, $10,000 – Mackay
Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, $30,000 – Outback
Boulia Camel Races, $10,000 – Outback
Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft, $10,000 – Outback
Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races, $30,000 – Southern Queensland Country
Historic Leyburn Sprints, $20,000 – Southern Queensland Country
*Noosa Long Weekend Festival, $10,000 – Sunshine Coast
*Horizon Festival of Arts and Culture, $15,000 – Sunshine Coast
Queensland Garden Expo, $24,000 – Sunshine Coast
Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing, $80,000 – Whitsundays

*Event receiving QDEP funding for the first time

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