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Events funding to boost tourism across Queensland

05 September 2018

Attendees at Sand Safari Arts Festival on the Gold Coast in 2017

Events across Queensland will receive a combined $799,000 in funding as part of a program supporting tourism throughout the state.

The latest round of the Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), funded by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), will support 20 events.

This funding through QDEP will see Queensland events supported which have strong growth potential in terms of audience or participation numbers, positively profile host communities and deliver economic benefits.

It will support a mixture of events, taking place from December 2018 to January 2020, from music, arts and film festivals to sporting and lifestyle events.

Events held in a range of Queensland destinations, from Burleigh Heads to Mossman, as far west as Maranoa and east to Agnes Water, will receive funding.

Since its inception in 2015, the program has invested more than $6.6 million in events which also feature in the state’s It’s Live! in Queensland calendar, worth $780 million to the economy in 2018.

Events to receive funding through the program for the first time include the Cycling Fest International, One Hot Night, 12 Towers Ocean Paddle Race, 2019 Great Western Games, Cobb & Co Festival – Australia’s Last Run, River Dragon Festival and Croc Nash Hash 2019.

The funding provided will assist event organisers with marketing costs, strategic plan development, and hiring staff in addition to event infrastructure.

Under QDEP there are three funding rounds per year. The next round is open until 10 October 2018 for events held between May 2019 and May 2020.

Find out more about QDEP.

Events to receive QDEP funding include:

Event Name   Destination  Date Funding 
The Planting  Brisbane 3-5 May 2019 $25,000
Straddie Salute Triathlon Festival
Brisbane 17-19 May 2019 $97,500
Cycling Fest International (new) Bundaberg 10-17 February 2019 $25,000
One Hot Night (new) Capricorn 29-30 December 2018 $10,000
Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival Gladstone 15-17 February 2019 $15,000
12 Towers Ocean Paddle Race (new) Gold Coast 2-3 March 2019 $10,000
BOWLZILLA Gold Coast Gold Coast 13-17 March 2019 $15,000
Sand Safari Arts Festival Gold Coast 8-24 February 2019 $25,000
2019 Burleigh Pro Surf Festival Gold Coast 1-6 May 2019 $150,000
Gold Coast Film Festival Gold Coast 3-14 April 2019 $120,000
2019 Great Western Games (new) Outback Queensland 22-30 June 2019 $15,000
Cobb & Co Festival - Australia's Last Run (new) Outback Queensland 23-25 August 2019 $25,000
Roma's Easter in the Country Outback Queensland 18-22 April 2019 $105,000
E & E Waste Hell of the West and GTH+ Super Saturday Weekend Southern Queensland Country 9-10 February 2019 $10,000
River Dragon Festival (new) Southern Queensland Country 6-7 September 2019 $10,000
Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races Southern Queensland Country 2-4 August 2019 $80,000
Australian Festival of Body Art Sunshine Coast 6-8 April 2019 $12,000
Noosa Summer Swim Festival Sunshine Coast 2-3 February 2019 $24,000
Sunshine Coast MultiSport Festival Sunshine Coast 27-28 April 2019 $15,500
Croc Nash Hash 2019 (new) Tropical North Queensland 3-5 May 2019 $10,000