Quandamooka Festival to benefit from $25,000 funding boost
The Quandamooka Festival will receive $25,000 as part of a government commitment to boost tourism numbers in regional Queensland.
Member for Redlands, Kim Richards said Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP) funding supported regional events that celebrated Queensland’s culture, people and idyllic destinations.
“Regional events attract visitors, increase visitor spending, boost regional economies and support local jobs,” she said.
“This funding boost will support event marketing and strategic development as well as staff and event infrastructure.
“This festival provides locals and tourists an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the culture of this region’s Indigenous people, the Quandamooka people.
“There’s a whole range of activities on offer including whale watching cultural tours, bush tucker dining experiences and Indigenous sports.”
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said Queensland’s events calendar was tipped to be worth $780 million in 2018 and was now a vital cornerstone of Queensland’s economy.
“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to invest in Queensland’s tourism industry and will increase QDEP funding from $2 million to $3 million from 2018-19,” she said.
“This will support more events in regional Queensland communities, grow visitation and grow regional jobs.
“Meanwhile, an additional $30 million will be invested to secure new major events for Queensland over three years.”
Ms Jones said events were important in driving visitors to regional Queensland.
“In total, 32 events across Queensland will receive support through round eight of the QDEP, including destinations from Coolangatta to Cooktown, incorporating the Great Barrier Reef, and as far west as Birdsville,” she said.
“A range of events from food, music and film festivals to sporting and cultural events will benefit, taking Tourism and Events Queensland’s total investment to more than $30.6 million across 1321 regional events since 2001.”
Applications for round nine of QDEP funding are open until February 7 for events held between August 2018 and November 2019.