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Major funding for regional events and festivals supports community growth

Handpicked Festival, Fleurieu Peninsula
Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

The South Australian Government has announced $404,000 in regional events funding which will benefit dozens of events and community festivals during the next 12 months.

The regional events fund supports thriving communities, this year backing 39 recipients including Ceduna’s popular Oysterfest, the Renmark Rose Festival and Kangaroo Island Marathon.

8 events or festivals are receiving support for the first time and 23 have multi-year agreements. Funding assists organisers undertake logistical support, marketing and communications.

Regional visitor expenditure reached $2.6 billion in the 12 months to March 2017, up 11 per cent on the previous year. The State Government has delivered a record $70 million in additional tourism funding to market the State globally and attract major events and conferences.

Background
The Community Events Development Fund provides a maximum of $5,000. There is no maximum amount for funding delivered through the Regional Events and Festivals Program.

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Successful sponsorships under the Community Events Development Fund (RCEDF) and the Regional Events & Festivals Program (REFP) are:

  • Kangaroo Island Marathon (Kangaroo Island)– 26 August, 2017
  • 18 Hours Melrose (Flinders Ranges & Outback) – 1 & 2 September, 2017
  • A Brush with Art (Flinders Ranges & Outback) – 9 September-8 October 2017
  • Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge (Fleurieu Peninsula) – 15-17 September, 2017
  • A Day On The Bay (Eyre Peninsula) – 24 September, 2017
  • Bay to Birdwood (Adelaide Hills) – 24 September, 2017
  • Ceduna Oysterfest (Eyre Peninsula) – 29 September-1 October, 2017
  • Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations (Limestone Coast) – 1-31 October, 2017
  • Renmark Rose Festival (Riverland) – 20-29 October, 2017
  • The Robe Home Brew and Craft Beer Festival (Limestone Coast) – 27-29 October, 2017
  • Handpicked Festival (Fleurieu Peninsula) – 11 November, 2017
  • Riverstock (Riverland) – November 2017
  • Red Poles and Spinning Yarn (Fleurieu Peninsula) – TBC
  • Bay Sheffield (Adelaide) – 27 & 28 December, 2017
  • Australian Sprint Car Championship (Limestone Coast) – 25-27 January, 2018
  • Crush Festival (Adelaide Hills) – 26-28 January, 2018
  • Tunarama Festival (Eyre Peninsula) – 26-28 January, 2018
  • Fleurieu Film Festival (Fleurieu Peninsula) – 9-11 February, 2018
  • Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival (Kangaroo Island) – 15 & 17February, 2018
  • Blenheim Music and Camping Festival (Clare Valley) – 29-30 March, 2018
  • Coober Pedy Opal Festival (Flinders Ranges & Outback) – 30 March-1 April, 2018
  • Keith Dirt and Diesel Derby (Limestone Coast) – 31 March, 2018
  • Silver Raven Festival (Barossa) – 7 April, 2018
  • FloatFest (Murray River, Lakes & Coorong) – 7 & 8 April, 2018
  • Clare Classic (Clare Valley) – 7 & 8 April, 2018
  • Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic (Yorke Peninsula)– 20-22 April, 2018
  • The Hubert 100 (Flinders Ranges & Outback) – 5 & 6 May, 2018
  • Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend (Clare Valley) – May, 2018
  • Whyalla Sea Life Festival (Eyre Peninsula) – June, 2018
  • Melrose Fat Tyre Festival (Flinders Ranges & Outback) – June, 2018
  • Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival (Adelaide) – July, 2018
  • Winter Reds Weekend (Adelaide Hills)– July, 2018
  • South Australian Living Artists (state wide) – 1-31 August, 2018
  • Wild Roo/KI Marathon (Kangaroo Island) – September, 2018
  • Barossa Gourmet Weekend (Barossa) – September, 2018
  • Jamestown Fly In & Air Spectacular (Flinders Ranges & Outback)– 14 October, 2018
  • South Australian Wooden Boat Festival (Fleurieu Peninsula) – April, 2019
  • Barossa Vintage Festival (Barossa) – April, 2019
  • Kernewek Lowender (Yorke Peninsula) – May, 2019

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell

Community events and festivals are extremely important to towns and regions throughout South Australia. They’re terrific at boosting community spirit in the local area and also bringing important tourism dollars to them.

We are seeing more Victorians coming across to South Australia and are always looking for ways to keep capitalising on this. In some cases, these grants mean organisers can extend their marketing and promote their events to our domestic markets.

South Australia is enjoying a tourism boom, currently worth $6.3 billion to State’s economy. Regional areas contribute 42 per cent to the tourism market and the grants will assist in retaining this share.

We are committed to supporting local events and businesses which generate beneficial outcomes for regional communities and work towards our goal of an $8 billion visitor economy by 2020.

Our numbers continue to impress, with 2016 grant recipient Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations using its 2016/17 funding to help generate an estimated $1 million worth of direct tourism expenditure in the Limestone Coast.