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Events in regional Queensland set for funding boost

15 October 2019

Events across regional Queensland will receive a boost in funding from the Palaszczuk Government, with Tourism and Events Queensland today launching the latest round of the Queensland Destination Events Program.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said 20 events would receive a total of $828,000 across eight regions in the 13th round of QDEP funding.

“We invest in events because they bring tourists to regional Queensland and support local jobs,” she said.

“A total of five events will receive funding for the first time ever, including the Gold Coast Running Festival, the Big Pineapple Music Festival in southern Queensland and the Ipswich Festival.

“Two renowned events with a strong track record of growth will also receive significant long-term funding of up to four years – the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival in Outback Queensland, a highlight during the 2019 Year of Outback Tourism, and Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival, which delivered a great arts and culture program during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

Ms Jones said funding could be used for marketing, strategic plan development, new staff or for event infrastructure.

“We work closely with organisers to maximise the impact of these events for our economy – encouraging tourists to stay in regional Queensland to experience what we have to offer,” she said.

“The Newman Government cut $188 million from the tourism budget. In contrast, we’re investing more in tourism than any government in Queensland’s history because we know this sector is vital for jobs growth in our state.

“To date, we’ve delivered more than $10 million to grow more than 302 events across Queensland.”

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Events to receive QDEP Round 13 funding include:

Event Name  Location Event Dates
Ipswich Festival [Reimagined] Brisbane 16 – 26 April 2020
UCI Cycle Fest International Bundaberg 8 – 16 February 2020
Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival Gladstone 21 – 23 February 2020
Boyne Tannum HookUp Gladstone 1 – 3 May 2020
Sand Safari Arts Festival Gold Coast 14 February – 1 March 2020
SeaFire Gold Coast 12 – 13 June 2020
12 Towers Ocean Paddle Race 2020 Gold Coast 5 – 8 March 2020
BOWLZILLA Gold Coast Gold Coast 11 – 15 March 2020
Gold Coast Triathlon - Luke Harrop Memorial Gold Coast 4 – 5 April 2020
Gold Coast Running Festival Gold Coast 26 April 2020
Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival Gold Coast 12 – 23 August 2020
Festival of Hell (formerly known as E&E Waste Hell of the West) Southern Queensland Country 7 – 9 February 2020
Easter Vintage Festival 2020 Southern Queensland Country 11 – 13 April 2020
Big Pineapple Music Festival Sunshine Coast 29 – 30 May 2020
Noosa Summer Swim Festival 2020 Sunshine Coast 31 January – 2 February 2020
2020 QLD Oztag Tri Series Sunshine Coast 12 – 14 June 2020
Australian Body Art Festival Sunshine Coast 4 – 6 April 2020
Sunshine Coast MultiSport Festival Sunshine Coast 18 – 19 April 2020
2020 Townsville NQ Games Townsville North Queensland 10 – 13 April 2020
Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival Outback Queensland 17 – 19 April 2020