Queensland events receive $1.4 million funding boost

5 Nov 2013 12:29 PMJann Stuckey

Monday, November 04, 2013

Fifty-two events across the state will share $1.4 million in new funding under the latest round of the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the funding would aid the delivery of events in regional Queensland, providing economic and social benefits to the host communities.

“The latest funding round supports a diverse calendar of Queensland events, ranging from sailing regattas to triathlons, food and wine festivals and arts and cultural celebrations,” Mr Stuckey said.

“Tourism and Events Queensland has created the most comprehensive portfolio of supported events of any state in Australia.

“Tourism ground to a halt under Labor, but is now in the middle of a revival under the Newman Government.

“As one of the four pillars of the economy, it’s exciting to see the tourism benefits that will come through these events across the state.

“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 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.

“In addition to developing Queensland’s home-grown events, the latest round of the Regional Development Program will also see support provided for five new events to be held for the first time in 2014,” she said.

“Funding received through the Regional Development Program can be used for marketing activities to increase awareness of the event and destination, strategic planning, the engagement of short-term personnel and hire of temporary infrastructure.

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 (external site) ( http://www.te.queensland.com/ )

Discover more great events at www.queensland.com (external site) ( http://www.queensland.com/ )

[ENDS] 4 November 2013


Media contact: Minister’s office – 0439 291 268
Tourism and Events Queensland – 3535 5020

Events supported under Round 25 of the RDP:


Event NameLocationDatesTotal Funding Recommended
Significant Regional Event Scheme
Airlie Beach Race WeekAirlie Beach08/08/14 – 15/08/14$125,000
Easter Vintage FestivalHighfields19/04/14 – 21/04/14$20,000
Swell Sculpture FestivalCurrumbin12/09/14 – 21/09/14$135,000
Townsville Triathlon FestivalTownsville11/07/14 – 13/07/14$97,500
Village FestivalYeppoon15/08/14 – 17/08/14$90,000
Core Funding
Australian Italian Festival 2014Tyto Wetlands Precinct, Ingham31/07/14 – 03/08/14$15,000
Big Red Desert Music Festival 2014Birdsville09/07/14 – 10/07/14$45,000
Big Red Run 2014Birdsville02/07/14 – 07/07/14$45,000
Blackall Heartland Festival 2014Blackall23/05/14 – 01/06/14$20,000
Bundy Flavours Festival 2014Bundaberg21/09/14 – 21/09/14$11,700
Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride 2014Cairns & Karumba28/06/14 – 05/07/14$30,000
Cairns Ukulele Festival 2014Cairns03/07/14 – 06/07/14$20,000
Capricorn Food and Wine Festival 2014Yeppoon20/09/14 – 21/09/14$34,000
Central Highlands Multicultural Festival 2014Emerald23/08/14$10,000
Childers Festival 2014Childers25/07/14 – 27/07/14$14,000
Curry Merry Muster Festival 2014Cloncurry31/07/14 – 04/08/14$20,000
Dalby’s Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival 2014Dalby30/08/14$13,000
Eat Local Week / Winter Harvest Festival 2014Beaudesert28/06/14 – 06/07/14$10,000
Elvis – Viva Surfers Paradise 2014Surfers Paradise05/07/14 – 13/07/14$14,000
Feast of the Senses 2014Innisfail28/03/14 – 06/04/14$15,000
FKG Tour of Toowoomba 2014Toowoomba22/05/14 – 25/05/14$30,000
Gatton Heavy Horse and Heritage Festival Field Days 2014Gatton03/05/14 – 04/05/14$9,000
Gold Coast Festival of Cycling 2014Carrara27/09/14 – 28/09/14$10,000
Gold Coast International Food, Wine & Music Festival 2014Mercure11/04/14 – 13/04/14$15,000
Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival 2014Port Douglas08/11/14 – 09/11/14$30,000
Great Whitehaven Beach Run 2014Hamilton Island21/06/14$6,000
Immerse Paddle Festival 2014Currumbin04/10/14 – 06/10/14$5,500
International Adventure Games 2014Townsville04/07/14 – 08/07/14$20,000
Isuzu Queensland Open Golf ChampionshipSpringfield Lakes18/08/14 – 24/08/14$20,000
Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears 2014Jondaryan29/08/14 – 31/08/14$25,000
Kenilworth Celebrates 2014Kenilworth26/09/14 – 4/10/14$10,000
Lockyer 300 2014Lockyer Valley17/10/14 – 19/10/14$15,000
Mackay Marine Festival 2014Mackay21/06/14 – 22/06/14$10,000
Maleny Wood Expo 2014Maleny03/05/14 – 04/05/14$20,000
Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest 2014Kandanga19/09/14 – 21/09/14$42,000
Morning Glory Festival 2014Burketown19/09/14 – 28/09/14$35,000
National Finals Rodeo Gold Coast 2014Gold Coast12/06/14 – 15/06/14$15,000
Noosa Jazz Festival 2014Noosa04/09/14 – 07/09/14$25,000
Paluma Push 2014Paluma19/07/14 – 20/07/14$15,000
Port Douglas Carnivale 2014Port Douglas16/05/14 – 25/05/14$25,000
Qld International 3 Day Event 2014Warwick28/08/14 – 31/08/14$10,000
Queensland Country Showcase Race Day, Goondiwindi 2014Goondiwindi20/04/14 – 21/04/14$10,000
Queensland Garden Expo 2014Nambour11/07/14 – 13/07/14$40,000
Queensland Heritage Rally 2014Ayr25/07/14 – 27/07/14$10,000
Reef Feast 2014Palm Cove09/10/14 – 12/10/14$15,000
Relish Fraser Coast Food & Wine 2014Maryborough07/06/14 – 08/06/14$21,250
River Rock to Mountain Top Community Festival 2014Pioneer Valley26/04/14 – 10/05/14$10,000
Rum Bar Maxi Regatta 2014Airlie Beach25/07/14 – 27/07/14$39,000
Stockmans Challenge and Campdraft 2014Cloncurry10/07/14 – 13/07/14$15,000
Straddie Salute Multisport Festival 2014North Stradbroke Island05/09/14 – 07/09/14$20,000
Trans Tasman Gubbi Gubbi Waka Ama 2014Kawana Waters24/09/14 – 26/09/14$10,000
Whitsunday Reef Festival 2014Airlie Beach14/08/14 – 17/08/14$25,000