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Events across Queensland to receive $1m funding boost

20 December 2019

Gemfest, Festival of Gems

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones has today announced more than $1 million in extra funding to grow 43 events and create more tourism jobs through the latest round of the Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP).


Ms Jones said funding would go towards event marketing to attract more interstate and international tourists to Queensland.

“We’ve more than doubled the value of our events calendar over the last five years because we invest in events to grow our tourism industry and create jobs,” Ms Jones said.

“In 2020, our events calendar will be worth $880 million and support thousands of jobs – making Queensland a world-leading events host.

“Funding announced today is for marketing to grow events that have a clear strategy to grow and support more local jobs in the future.”

Ms Jones said today marked the launch of the 14th Round of QDEP funding, which has seen a total of 345 events receive $11.5 million since 2015.

“Of the 43 events funded throughout Queensland, 10 of those are being supported for the first time, demonstrating continued growth of Queensland’s events calendar,” Ms Jones said.

“That we’ve funded events across every tourism destination in the state is also proof of the diverse range of experiences Queensland has to offer.

“Everything from the Brisbane Marathon, to the Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough and the Gemfest ‘Festival of Gems’ west of Emerald – there’s something for everyone in Queensland.”

Tourism and Events Queensland Chief Executive Officer Leanne Coddington said capturing the essence of the host destination was key to continuing to grow the value of the It’s Live! in Queensland calendar.

“The great thing about destination events is the opportunity for visitors to really experience what is unique about the host town or city,” Ms Coddington said.

“An event like Jumpers and Jazz in July showcases the wonderful community of Warwick and the Noosa Classic is one of Australia’s most scenic cycling events.

“Events drive visitors and inspire people to return again to enjoy more of what the destination has to offer.”

Round 14 of the QDEP has awarded $1,114,000 to 43 events being staged between May 2020 and May 2021.

Events to receive QDEP Round 14 funding include:


Event Name  Location Event Dates
Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular Brisbane 13 –14 June 2020
MELT 2020: A Festival of Queer Arts and Culture Brisbane 18 – 28 June 2020
McDonald's Brisbane Marathon Festival Brisbane 5 – 7 June 2020
Redcliffe KiteFest Brisbane 13 – 14 June 2020
The Planting Festival Brisbane 1 – 3 May 2020
Taste Bundaberg Festival Bundaberg 1 – 30 June 2020
Childers Festival Bundaberg 23 – 26 July 2020
CQUniversity Village Festival Capricorn 7 – 16 August 2020
Gemfest 'Festival of Gems' Capricorn 6 – 9 August 2020
Fitzroy River Barra Bash Capricorn 13 – 16 May 2020
Rockhampton River Festival Capricorn 24 – 26 July 2020
Hervey Bay Whale Festival Fraser Coast 25 July – 9 August 2020
Mary Poppins Festival Fraser Coast 27 June – 4 July 2020
1770 Festival in 2020 Gladstone 22 – 24 May 2020
Premier Invitational Gold Coast 4 – 11 July 2020
VIVA Surfers Paradise Gold Coast 10 – 19 July 2020
Cooly Rocks On Gold Coast 3 – 7 June 2020
Mackay Festival of Arts Mackay 1 – 31 July 2020
Mackay Marina Run Mackay 7 June 2020
St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend Mackay 12 – 14 June 2020
Field Engineers Mackay Cup Mackay 3 – 5 July 2020
Better In Blackall Festival Outback Queensland 13 – 16 August 2020
Cunnamulla Fella Festival Outback Queensland 28 – 30 August 2020
Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival Outback Queensland 26 June – 4 July 2020
Big Skies Southern Queensland Country 1 – 4 May 2020
Hampton Festival Southern Queensland Country 15 – 17 May 2020
Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival Southern Queensland Country 16 – 26 July 2020
Australian Camp Oven Festival Southern Queensland Country 3 – 4 October 2020
Cobb & Co Hotel St. George 399 Southern Queensland Country 1 – 3 May 2020
Historic Leyburn Sprints Southern Queensland Country 22 – 23 August 2020
Goomeri Pumpkin Festival Sunshine Coast 29 – 31 May 2020
NOOSA alive! Sunshine Coast 17 – 26 July 2020
Noosa Classic Sunshine Coast 16 August 2020
7 Sunshine Coast Marathon Sunshine Coast 14 – 16 August 2020
Horizon Festival Sunshine Coast Sunshine Coast 28 August – 6 September 2020
Great Barrier Reef Festival The Whitsundays 30 July – 2 August 2020
Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival Townsville North Queensland 28 – 30 May 2020
Port Douglas Carnivale Tropical North Queensland 15 – 24 May 2020
Cooktown Discovery Festival Tropical North Queensland 24 – 26 July 2020
Ecofiesta 2020 Tropical North Queensland 24 May 2020
Great Barrier Reef Masters Games Tropical North Queensland 20 – 23 May 2021
Laura Quinkan Dance Festival Tropical North Queensland 3 – 5 July 2020
7 Cairns Marathon and Community Run Festival Tropical North Queensland 18 – 20 September 2020

Applications for Round 15 are currently open, closing 5 February 2020 for events being held between September 2020 and September 2021.