21 September 2020

Eden-Monaro events to get $926,633 boost from government grants

| Hannah Sparks
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The Winter Bites Festival, coming in 2021, will receive $390,000 in Federal Government funding. Photo: Jay Wennington.

Events in Eden-Monaro will receive $926,633 in Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants as part of the Federal Government’s bid to boost visitor numbers in the region following bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new Winter Bites Festival, coming in 2021, is set to receive the largest share, with $390,000 in funding. The festival celebrates winter food and drinks and is spread across three events in Tumbarumba in June, Adelong in July and Batlow in August.

“Professional caterers and food vendors will showcase regional products, and each event will include music and entertainment,” said NSW senator Jim Molan. “Transport will also be provided from regional centres.”

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Tales and Trails will receive $130,446 to run tours during the whale season in Eden, Bermagui and Broadwater. Sapphire Coast Local Produce Experiences in Stony Creek and Pambula, and the Oyster Trail in Pambula, Tathra and Broadwater, will each receive $45,777.

Other events to receive Federal Government funding include:

  • Treasure Hunt (Braidwood, Bungendore, Nerriga and Araluen) – $41,850
  • Taste of Eurobodalla and River of Lights – $30,000
  • Art Month 2021 (Bega and Merimbula) – $18,000
  • Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival – $14,000
  • Braidwood Heritage Weekend – $10,783
  • Numeralla Folk Festival – $10,000
  • Visual Art Month 2020 (Bega) – $5000
  • Music by the River (Queanbeyan) – $3000

An additional $140,000 will support an event promotion and liaison officer and regional event content creation across the Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Snowy Monaro and Queanbeyan-Palerang local government areas.

Agriculture minister David Littleproud said the grants will have positive impacts for bushfire affected communities.

“We committed to stick with bushfire affected communities for their long recovery journey and these grants are one very important support mechanism to get tourists back to affected areas, boosting local economies,” he said.

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“I would urge every Australian to consider taking a regional holiday in a bushfire affected area. We know some of these areas were hit with drought, bushfires and then COVID-19. Australians can assist in the recovery of these areas by holidaying in these locations when they can.”

This is the third funding announcement under the $10 million Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, following $825,000 to 34 events and projects announced since June.

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