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Events across Queensland benefit from new funding

29 May 2019

Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim

More than $900,000 worth of grants has been awarded to events across Queensland in the latest round of Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP) funding. 

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said 26 events from across the state would receive additional support through the 12th round of QDEP funding.

“QDEP’s latest round of tourism funding will provide over $900,000 in additional support to 26 events taking place across Queensland this year,” Ms Jones said.

“A total of seven events have received grants for the first time ever, including the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival, Beach Rugby League on the Gold Coast and Beat the Heat Festival in Cloncurry.

“The other 19 events have been successful recipients of QDEP’s funding in the past, including the Sunshine Coast’s Caloundra Music Festival, Gold Coast World Masters and Cairns Amateurs in Tropical North Queensland.

“Recipients can use the funding towards developing and growing their event through marketing resources, employing specialised personnel and hiring temporary infrastructure. 

“The Government continues to invest in events because they are vital to our state’s economy – events attract visitors, create jobs for locals and put Queensland on the travel radar.

“Events provide the opportunity for visitors to spend more money with many extending their trip to explore the diverse and unique tourism experiences on offer.

 “Since QDEP’s launch in 2015, the Queensland Government has invested more than $8.7 million through the program, supporting a total of 256 events, delivering strong benefits to the state’s $25 billion tourism economy.”

Entries are now open for QDEP’s Round 13 funding, available for events being held in Queensland between January 2020 - January 2021.

For more information visit https://teq.queensland.com/events/events-support/queensland-destination-events-program 

Events to receive QDEP Round 12 funding include:


Event Name  Location Event Dates  Funding
Laidley Spring Festival & Family Fun Day (new) Brisbane 12 – 14 September 2019 $10,000
Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival (new) Brisbane 7 – 8 September 2019 $10,000
RedFest Strawberry Festival Brisbane 6 – 8 September 2019 $20,000
Capricorn Film Festival 2019 Capricorn 20 – 23 November 2019 $10,000
One Hot Night 2019 Capricorn 28 – 29 December 2019 $10,000
Under The Trees Music & Arts Festival (new) Gladstone 21 September 2019 $10,000
Beach Rugby Australia - Festival 2019 (new) Gold Coast 6 – 8 September 2019 $12,500
Buskers by the Creek (new) Gold Coast 18 – 20 October 2019 $10,000
Crafted Festival Gold Coast 7 September 2019 $15,000
Gold Coast World Masters Gold Coast 13 – 19 October 2019 $19,000
SWELL Sculpture Festival Gold Coast 13 – 22 September 2019 $25,000
Beat the Heat Festival 2019 (new) Outback Queensland 13 – 14 September 2019 $10,000
Great Northern Brewing Co Warwick Rodeo and Pryde's Easifeed Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft Southern Queensland Country 21 – 27 October 2019 $19,800
Jungle Love Festival Sunshine Coast 28 November – 1 December 2019 $20,000
Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest Sunshine Coast 19 – 22 September 2019 $15,000
Cairns Amateurs Tropical North Queensland 12 – 14 September 2019 $25,000
Crocodile Trophy 2019 Tropical North Queensland 12 – 19 October 2019 $20,000
Palm Cove Reef Feast Tropical North Queensland 4 – 6 October 2019 $10,000
Port Shorts Film Festival (new) Tropical North Queensland 21 – 26 October 2019 $10,000
Airlie Beach Festival of Music The Whitsundays 8 – 10 November 2019 $25,000
Hamilton Island Triathlon The Whitsundays 23 November 2019 $10,000
Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim The Whitsundays 24 November 2019 $10,000
BIGSOUND Festival Brisbane 3 – 6 September 2019 $165,000 Multiyear funding
Caloundra Music Festival (CMF) Sunshine Coast 4 – 7 October 2019 $180,000 Multiyear funding
Monster Energy PBR Australia Grand Final Townsville North Queensland 15 – 17 November 2019 $150,000 Multiyear funding
Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Southern Queensland Country 28 February – 8 March 2020 $80,000 Multiyear funding