Narooma Oyster Festival gets Flagship Events funding

NAROOMA Oyster Festival held April 5-6 has received a $10,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Regional Flagship Events Program to support its marketing and advertising.

The Oyster Festival, at the heart of Australia’s Oyster Coast (AOC), celebrates NSW South Coast oysters and their growers, the region’s natural clean quality produce, its chefs, and its rich artistic and cultural talents.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the NSW Government is delighted to support the work done by the community and volunteers in organising Narooma Oyster Festival.

“I have seen it grow from its genesis to what is now, a wonderful regional festival supported by the wider community and providing enormous opportunities for local people,” Mr Constance said.

Festival spokesperson Cath Peachey said the grant enables them to boost their marketing into the target markets, particularly Canberra and Victoria, to attract more fine foodies and families to the festival.

“The festival features the world’s most environmentally sustainable oyster industry in estuaries from the Shoalhaven to the border,” Ms Peachey said.

“We now have well established partnerships with the oyster industry and the NSW Government which will really enhance the festival.”

This is the third consecutive year Narooma Oyster Festival has received Flagship Event funding.

It was one of only 29 events in NSW that received Flagship funding from the 130 that applied.

Check the festival website www.naroomaoysterfestival.com for updates.

Events funding also goes to River of Art, Blues Fest

MEMBER for Bega Andrew Constance is pleased that three local events will share in $30,000 of NSW Government funding.

In addition to the Narooma Oyster Festival, the Great Southern Blues Festival and the Eurobodalla River of Art will also benefit from a NSW Government grant under the Regional Flagship Events Program.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events George Souris recently announced the successful regional events that received grants under the 2014 round of the NSW Regional Flagship Events Program – a $500,000 Program which provides one year grants of $10,000, and three year grants totalling $60,000, to support the marketing and advertising of important regional events and festivals.

The Eurobodalla River of Art will be held between Durras Lake and Tilba Tilba from May 16 to 26.

“The event unites the community through the arts and helps to profile the vibrant community life, creative practitioners, environment and the destination of the Eurobodalla,” Mr Constance said.

The Great Southern Blues Festival will be held from October 2 to 5 and presents international, national and local artists bringing blues fans from all over Australia to Narooma, he said.

“Events and festivals are an important catalyst for growing our regional economy, bringing more visitors to the region who are not only attending these events, but who are also enjoying the attractions and often the accommodation the regions have to offer, benefiting local businesses and supporting local jobs,” Mr Constance said.

“Visitor expenditure in Regional NSW is now worth more than $13.7 billion to year end September 2013, an increase of more than 11.1 per cent compared to the same time last year”.

“Tourism is vital to regional areas. I encourage visitors to take a holiday in Regional NSW and combine that holiday with attending one or more of the many fantastic events or festivals on offer.”

The Regional Flagship Events Program supports high quality events through a competitive grant process, administered by Destination NSW.

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