Funding boost for three Fleurieu Peninsula events

29 July 2015

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

Three events held along the Fleurieu Peninsula have been given a funding boost through a program designed to drive more visitors to the region.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell today announced the recipients of the State Government’s Regional Events and Festivals Program.

The Fleurieu Peninsula events to receive funding are:
- The Lower Lakes Stockmans Challenge - September 2015
- The Gorgeous Festival - November 2015
- The Beachside Food and Wine Festival – April 2016

“These events feature some of the best of what the region has to offer – from the premium food and wine, to the stunning coastline, to music and the history of the region,” he said.

“The Beachside Food and Wine Festival is a progressive event held between neighbouring coastal townships and gives visitors an opportunity to visit and experience much of what the region has to offer.

“The Gorgeous Festival combines the passion to promote Australian music along with showcasing premium wines from the region and hand-picked fresh regional produce.”

Mr Bignell said the Lower Lakes Stockmans Challenge was a great showcase of diversity in the region.

“The event is quite a spectacle to see with whip cracking, bareback obstacles, stock handling and horse shoeing – it takes us back to how past South Australian industries fuelled the economy of our state,” he said.

“As the demand for Adelaide and South Australia as a tourism destination continues to grow, we must capitalise on events. They inject millions of dollars into local economies.

“The State Government knows the importance of attracting tourists to regional communities.

“That is why we will spend $35 million over two years to promote South Australia to domestic and key international markets, secure new major events and conferences and create thousands of tourism-related jobs.”


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