Capes big winner in event fund handouts

Sophie Elliott and Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times

The Capes region was the big winner in the most recent round of the State Government’s Regional Events Scheme funding.

More than $1 million was split between 68 events throughout the State.

Maintaining its hold on the title of events capital of WA, seven City of Busselton-based events scored a portion of the pot.

In addition to this, 11 South West events in neighbouring localities Margaret River, Nannup and Bunbury also scored a funding boost.

Successful events include the new Busselton Jetty SquidFest, Jazz by the Bay and the South West Craft Beer Festival.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said the funding was great news for the region.

“The City is keen to see these events remain strong and viable and this State Government funding provides very welcome support,” he said. “Not only are these events great for local people, they are important tourist drawcards which return significant economic and social benefits to the region.”

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association joint chief executive Sharna Kearney said the association was pleased to see some of the region’s hero and emerging events receive funding.

“A strong events calendar provides visitors with a reason to visit all year round and are pivotal in positioning the narrative of the region,” she said.

“The Busselton Jetty Swim and X Adventure Dunsborough puts the spotlight on the region as a nature and adventure destination, Jazz by the Bay attracts culture vultures, and the South West Craft Beer Festival draws in a culinary crowd. This can be particularly valuable during traditionally non-peak travel periods.”

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the schemewasa fantastic initiative to stimulate tourism in the regions.

“These events create a point of difference and a reason for people to get out of the city and discover some of the amazing landscapes and unique experiences in regional WA,” he said

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