Western Australia Boosts Regional Tourism with $1.2 Million Funding

Western Australia Boosts Regional Tourism with $1.2 Million Funding

Western Australia’s vibrant regional event scene just got a major shot in the arm with the announcement of $1.2 million in funding from the state’s Regional Events Scheme (RES). This investment aims to stimulate tourism and economic growth across key regions. Western Australia Boosts Regional Tourism with $1.2 Million Funding

Funding for Aboriginal Tourism Events and New Regional Experiences

Ninety-three events, including sixteen new ones, received grants ranging from $5,000 to $40,000. Nine of these grants specifically support Aboriginal tourism initiatives. Among them is SKUTTA, a unique Kimberley event that unites local creatives with Aboriginal communities for a captivating runway and performance showcase.

Indigenous tourism has played a significant role in past funding rounds as well. The Mowanjum Festival in Derby, the renowned A Taste of Broome festival, and Iwarra Wilungga (“Spring by the Sea” in Wilunyu language) are just a few examples. Iwarra Wilungga not only celebrates Aboriginal culture but also raises awareness of mental health services in the region.

Fresh Experiences to Attract Visitors

This year’s funding injects excitement into the regional events calendar with a diverse range of new experiences. The Ningaloo Sky Festival highlights the stunning dark skies of the Gascoyne, while the Kalbarri Skywalk Dining Event offers a unique blend of culinary delights and cultural immersion on the “Coral Coast.”

For agritourism enthusiasts, the Harvey Harvest Festival promises a vibrant celebration of local produce alongside cultural experiences. Those seeking adventure can look forward to Dam to Dam, a well-established dinghy racing event along the Kimberley’s Ord River. Music lovers won’t be disappointed either, with the Smokin’ Barrel Fest offering mouthwatering BBQ battles and lively music in the Chapman Valley.

Celebrating Diversity and Economic Growth

Western Australian Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti emphasized the importance of these regional events in attracting visitors and supporting local economies. “These dynamic events, from dinghy racing to cultural showcases, are essential for boosting regional visitation, jobs, and communities,” she stated.

Regional Development Minister Don Punch echoed this sentiment, highlighting the events’ contribution to showcasing the state’s rich cultural heritage and artistic talent. “The diversity and variety in this year’s calendar are truly exciting,” he remarked.

The next round of RES funding applications opens in August 2024, offering opportunities for events scheduled between July 1, 2025, and June 30, 2026. For more information on the RES and related funding programs, visit the government website.

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