Funding Boost For Region’s Festivals
Over $100,000 has been awarded to Hilltops Council to assist in promoting our cultural events and boost tourism.
The running of this year’s Boorowa Woolfest, Harden Kite Festival and the National Cherry Festival will be boosted.
Running of the Cherry Festival will be propped up for next year and 2023 as well.
The funding has come from Destination NSW.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government was proud to be supporting the three festivals for the Hilltops region.
“Our Regional Event Fund has played a crucial role in bringing regional events back to life, particularly over these past 12 months,” Mr Ayres said.
He said the initiative is because: “staging events in local areas helps to boost community morale, create jobs and inject dollars into the pockets of local businesspeople.”
The funding has been praised by Hilltops Mayor, Councillor Brian Ingham, Cootamundra MP Steph Cooke and Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman.
“Our events are key tourism drivers in the Hilltops region and this grant funding provides constructive assistance that will help attract more people to the festivals and boost the region’s economy,” said Cllr Ingram.
As part of this grant, Destination NSW will also provide in-kind research services for the National Cherry Festival, up to the value of $2,500 per year in 2021, 2022 and 2023. The in-kind support will help provide insights into visitor demographics and experience at the event.
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