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Destination events receive $1.8 million in support

18 December 2015

Queensland tourism regions will benefit from a $1.8 million funding boost supporting growth in destination events across the state, Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones announced today.  

Minister Jones unveiled the successful events as part of Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) second round of the Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP).

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to growing our tourism industry because that means more jobs for Queenslanders,” Ms Jones said.

“Local events help drive visitation to Queensland’s tourism regions, support local economies and create more local jobs.

“Thirty-five events across 10 Queensland destinations will receive funding this round.”

Ms Jones said the QDEP supported high-value regional events which contributed to Queensland’s $23 billion tourism industry.

“In conjunction with the It’s Live! in Queensland major event calendar, these events are an important contributor to our tourism growth,” she said.

“We are committed to growing event experiences throughout Queensland that generate economic benefits, and support local jobs and businesses.”

Applications were assessed by TEQ with input from Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) on events within their region.

QDEP Round Three applications are open until 16 March 2016 for events held between 3 October 2016 and 8 October 2017.

Funding for events supported under round two of the QDEP includes:

$25,000 for Abbey Medieval Festival (Brisbane)
$148,000 for BIGSOUND (Brisbane)
$75,000 for Eat Local Week (Brisbane)
$15,000 for Isuzu Queensland Open Golf Championship (Brisbane)
$20,000 for Quandamooka Festival (Brisbane)
$20,000 for Regional Flavours (Brisbane)
$10,000 for Childers Festival (Bundaberg)
$90,000 for Crush Festival (Bundaberg)
$10,000 for Heartland Festival (Bundaberg)
$10,000 for Capricorn Food and Wine Festival (Capricorn)
$10,000 for Capricorn Coast Running Festival (Capricorn)
$90,000 for Gemfest ‘Festival of Gems’ (Capricorn)
$10,000 for Rockhampton River Festival (Capricorn)
$60,000 for Cooly Rocks On (Gold Coast)
$10,000 for Mackay Festival of Arts (Mackay)
$18,500 for Boulia Camel Races (Outback)
$300,000 for Julia Creek Dirt’n’Dust Festival (Outback)
$10,000 for Lake Moondarra Fishing Classic (Outback)
$30,000 for Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival (Outback)
$25,000 for Australian Camp Oven Festival (Southern Queensland Country)
$15,000 for Dalby’s Delicious and Delightful Festival (Southern Queensland Country)
$10,000 for Heritage Nanango Country Muster (Southern Queensland Country)
$15,000 for Historic Leyburn Sprints (Southern Queensland Country)
$20,000 for Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears (Southern Queensland Country)
$20,000 for Jumpers and Jazz in July (Southern Queensland Country)
$180,000 for Caloundra Music Festival (Sunshine Coast)
$10,000 for Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival (Sunshine Coast)
$24,999 for Queensland Garden Expo (Sunshine Coast)
$120,000 for Wanderlust (Sunshine Coast)
$135,000 for Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week (Townsville North Queensland)
$10,000 for Adventurethon Townsville (Townsville North Queensland)
$240,000 for Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair (Tropical North Queensland)
$15,000 for Tropical Mardi Gras (Tropical North Queensland)
$12,000 for Palm Cove Reef Feast (Tropical North Queensland)
$10,000 for Taste Port Douglas Food and Wine Festival (Tropical North Queensland)

Visit the TEQ Queensland Destination Events Program website for more details.