Hon David Ridgway MLC
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
The Marshall Liberal Government is providing $383,000 in funding to support regional events across South Australia.
The funding has been provided through the Regional Events & Festivals Program (REFP) and the Community Events Development Fund (CEDF) to events that boost regional tourism.
The program will assist the delivery and marketing activities of 29 events, with three receiving support for the first time. The successful applicants include food and wine, cultural, artistic and sporting events.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway said visitors are flocking to South Australia in record numbers and we want to see this growth continue.
“Our regions are an important part of the State’s tourism story – these events play a key role in getting people out of the city and spending money on local restaurants, accommodation and attractions,” said Minister Ridgway.
“We’re constantly working with the regions to ensure they have the best opportunity and product to attract visitors and in this case, a little funding can go a long way to help events to be noticed.”
Regional South Australia attracts more than half of all domestic visits, with 3.9 million Australians spending $2.6 billion.
New data released today complements this – with the 2016-17 Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts showing that tourism directly employs 36,000 South Australians and of that 16,000 people were in regional SA.
“SA has a full and diverse events calendar, amazing natural assets and great food and wine and we want to get more local, interstate and international guests visiting our regions to experience all that our State has to offer,” said Minister Ridgway.
“The bottom line is that more visitors can create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities.
“I congratulate the successful event organisers and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors to South Australia.”
The REFP and CEDF are managed by Events South Australia via the South Australian Tourism Commission.
There is no maximum amount for funding delivered through the Regional Events and Festivals Program. The Community Events Development Fund provides a maximum of $5,000 to assist organisers with operational, marketing and communications activities.
Successful sponsorships under the REFP and the CEDF are:
- Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival (1 July 2019)
- Barossa Gourmet Seasons Festival (1 September 2018 – 2 Sept 2019)
- Barossa Vintage Festival (24 – 28 April 2019)
- Bay Sheffield (26-28 December 2018)
- Bay to Birdwood (30 September 2018)
- Blenheim Music and Camping Festival (18 – 20 April 2019)
- Bring Back the Music (19 -22 June 2019)
- Ceduna Oysterfest (28 – 30 September 2018)
- Clare Classic (6 April 2019)
- Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend (17 – 20 May 2019)
- Crush Festival (25-27 January 2019)
- Coober Pedy Opal Festival (14 – 15 June 2019)
- Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations (1-31 October 2018)
- Dupang Festival (22 – 24 February 2019)
- Feast Festival (10-25 November 2018)
- Fleurieu Film Festival (9 February 2019)
- Handpicked Festival (10 November 2018)
- Kangaroo Island Sealink Cup Carnival (14 – 16 February 2019)
- Kernewek Lowender (13 – 19 May 2019)
- Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge (14 – 16 September 2018)
- Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival (16 – 19 May 2019)
- Red Poles & Spinning Yarns (18-19 May 2019)
- Renmark Rose Festival (19 – 28 October 2018)
- Robe Home Brew & Craft Beer Festival (26 – 29 October 2018)
- South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival (1-31 Aug 2019)
- South Australian Wooden Boat Festival (27 – 28 April 2019)
- Tunarama Festival (25-29 January 2019)
- Wildroo Ultra Marathon (20 September 2019)
- Winter Reds Weekend (26 – 28 July 2019)
For more information on the REFP and the CEDF click here
The 2016-17 Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts report, outlining the significance of major tourism subsectors can be viewed here