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Queensland events benefit from funding boost

12 January 2018

Quandamooka Festival

The Palaszczuk Government will provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to dozens of regional events and festivals as part of a strategy to attract more visitors to Queensland.


Acting Tourism Industry Development Minister Shannon Fentiman said 32 events would be supported under round eight of Tourism and Events Queensland’s Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP).

“Regional events attract visitors, increase visitor spending, boost regional economies and support local jobs,” she said.

“QDEP funding will support events from food, music and film festivals to sporting and cultural events that celebrate Queensland’s people, lifestyle and idyllic destinations.

“Successful events in this round include the Townsville Triathlon Festival, the Quandamooka Festival, Surfers Paradise LIVE, the Birdsville Big Red Bash, the Keep the Flame of Culture Burning Festival and the Australian Body Art Festival.

“This funding boost will support event marketing, strategic development and go towards staff hire and event infrastructure.”

Ms Fentiman said Queensland event’s calendar was expected to be worth $780 million in 2018 and was vital to Queensland’s economy.

“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to invest in Queensland’s tourism industry and will increase QDEP funding from $2 million to $3 million from 2018-19,” she said.

“This will support more events in regional Queensland communities, grow visitor numbers and help to support more regional jobs.

“An additional $30 million will be invested to secure new major events for Queensland over three years.”

Applications for Round 9 of QDEP funding are open until 7 February for events held between August 2018 and November 2019.


Successful QDEP round 8 events include:

Destination

Date

Funding Support

Quandamooka Festival

Brisbane

1 July – 30 September 2018

$25,000

Redcliffe KiteFest

Brisbane

25-26 August 2018

$10,000

Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular

Brisbane

16-17 June 2018

$10,000

The Abbey Medieval Festival

Brisbane

13-15 July 2018

$25,000

Childers Festival

Bundaberg North Burnett

26-29 July 2018

$18,300

Winterfeast

Bundaberg North Burnett

6-15 July 2018

$15,000

Rockhampton River Festival

Capricorn

13-15 July 2018

$20,000

The CQUniversity Capricorn Village Festival

Capricorn

10-12 August 2018

$20,000

Mary Poppins Festival

Fraser Coast

29 June – 8 July 2018

$10,000

Captain Cook 1770 Festival

Gladstone

25-27 May 2018

$15,000

Cooly Rocks On

Gold Coast

6-10 June 2018

$50,000

Gold Coast Film Festival

Gold Coast

17-29 April 2018

$30,000

Surfers Paradise LIVE

Gold Coast

3-6 May 2018

$10,000

VIVA Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast

13-22 July 2018

$20,000

Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts

Mackay

1-31 July 2018

$10,000

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Outback Queensland

10-12 July 2018

$210,000

Boulia Camel Races

Outback Queensland

20-22 July 2018

$20,000

Easter in the Country Roma

Outback Queensland

29 March – 2 April 2018

$20,000

Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival

Outback Queensland

29 June – 7 July 2018

$60,000

Australian Camp Oven Festival

Southern Queensland Country

6-7 October 2018

$30,000

Easter Vintage Festival

Southern Queensland Country

31 March – 2 April 2018

$10,000

Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival

Southern Queensland Country

19-29 July 2018

$15,000

Australian Body Art Festival

Sunshine Coast

7-8 April 2018

$10,000

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

Sunshine Coast

27 May 2018

$15,000

Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest

Sunshine Coast

21-24 September 2018

$10,000

NOOSA Alive!

Sunshine Coast

20-29 July 2018

$10,000

Queensland Garden Expo

Sunshine Coast

13-15 July 2018

$25,000

Townsville Triathlon Festival

Townsville North Queensland

17-19 August 2018

$18,000

Cooktown Discovery Festival

Tropical North Queensland

15-17 June 2018

$10,000

Keep the Flame of Culture Burning Festival

Tropical North Queensland

2-7 July 2018

$10,000

Port Douglas Carnivale

Tropical North Queensland

25-27 May 2018

$25,000

Whitsunday Reef Festival

The Whitsundays

2-5 August 2018

$10,000

TOTAL

$796,300