Currumbin events score big

6 Nov 2013 10:13 AMJann Stuckey

6 November 2013

The Currumbin electorate has been a big winner with recent funding announcements under Arts Queensland and the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program (TEQRDP).

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the allocation of funding for three events in the Currumbin electorate.

“Bleach* Festival has been approved for $56,091 through Arts Queensland’s Projects and Programs Fund for 2014,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Immerse Paddle Festival, for stand up paddleboard competitors, has been allocated $5,500 under TEQRDP for the 2014 festival to be held on the shores of the southern Gold Coast.

“Swell Sculpture Festival is set to receive a big boost with funding for the next three years totalling $210,000 under Art Queensland’s Organisations Fund and $135,000 under TEQRDP. 

Director of Swell Sculpture Festival, Ruth Della, said they were thrilled to receive this triennial funding that gives the organisation confidence to plan with a long term view and time to implement a quality exhibition and programs to achieve full capacity.

“The next three years are now bolstered with financial certainty and we will ultimately invest this funding back into the community threefold through social, cultural and economic return,” Ms Della said.

“The Queensland Government recognises the importance of events in driving visitation to regional communities, playing a key role in our goal to double Queensland’s annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Queensland arts and cultural sectors also play a vital role in communities and these funding announcements demonstrate the Newman Government’s commitment to investing and developing this area.

Ms Stuckey said that the 2013 DestinationQ Partnership Agreement noted that Queensland needs to deliver innovative and unique events and experiences that will leave visitors to Queensland with a lasting impression that drives repeat visitation.

The next Regional Development Program funding round is now open with applications closing on 14 February 2014 for events held between 1 October 2014 and 31 March 2016.

To apply for Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program Funding visit www.te.queensland.com

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