BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS: Regional Tourism Minister John Barilaro, Saltwater Freshwater Festival’s Wendy Powitt, Curryfest’s Valerie Swan, and the Running Festival’s Mick Maley joined Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser for the grants announcement.
BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS: Regional Tourism Minister John Barilaro, Saltwater Freshwater Festival’s Wendy Powitt, Curryfest’s Valerie Swan, and the Running Festival’s Mick Maley joined Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser for the grants announcement.

Festival funds celebrated

THREE events in the Coffs Coast will benefit from a $30,000 grant under the Regional Flagship Events Program.

The Coffs Harbour Running Festival, the Saltwater Freshwater Festival, and the Woolgoolga Curryfest will each receive a one-year grant of $10,000 as part of the NSW Government's $500,000 program, which supports events through competitive grants.

Thirty-seven events across the state have received funding in the 2015 round, which will go towards their marketing and advertising efforts.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the funding was great news.

"All these events are important in attracting more visitors to our region to experience not only this fantastic event, but to enjoy other attractions and accommodation, which makes an important contribution to our local economy, supports local jobs and local businesses," Mr Fraser said.

Regional Tourism Minister John Barilaro said visitors spent $13.5 billion in regional NSW in the year to the end of June 2014, up 2.3% on the previous year.

"Regional Flagship Events are a great way to entice visitors to our regions to get a taste of what regional NSW has to offer," Mr Barilaro said.

"Holidays or short breaks to regional NSW provide many great experiences and memories, which can be enhanced by visiting one of these unique events," he said.



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