Government gets behind new events for regional Tasmania

24 March 2016
Will Hodgman, Premier
Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

From Dark MOFO to the Deloraine Craft Fair, Tasmania has a well-earned reputation for hosting some of the most iconic and unique events in the country.

The Government wants to make sure that regional Tasmania is sharing in the benefits, that’s why we have set up a Regional Events Start-Up Program as part of the Events Strategy 2015-2020.

Applications opened last year and over 40 submissions were received.  Today, the Government is announcing the seven recipients.

It’s estimated that these seven events alone will pump nearly $10 million into regional economies right around the State.  More than that, these events will showcase unique parts of the State and will help bring communities together to celebrate what makes them unique.

Currently, events supported by the Government return around $100 million to the economy each year and they encourage people from around the country and around the world to visit Tasmania.  The Government will leverage off that to encourage more people to visit our regions.

The seven events to be funded are:

Cradle Mountain Film Festival
Starting in November this year, this wilderness-based film festival will screen unique Tasmanian adventure films in partnership with the Telluride Mountainfilm festival from Colorado, USA.  The Government is contributing over $30,000 to help stage the event, which will include an outdoor screen at Dove Lake for this truly unique festival.

Steampunk Festival
This new Georgetown-based festival will celebrate the ‘Steampunk’ film genre through theatre, film, literature and visual arts.  The festival will link the genre to the industrial history of the area and will use built heritage in new and innovative ways.  The event will debut in June and the Government is committing $30,000 over three years.

Gone Nuts Trail Run
With over $50,000 of Government support, the first ever Gone Nuts Trail Run will be held later this year.  The Run challenges runners to cover the 100 kilometres between Table Cape and the Nut at Stanley.  The Run will also feature community events in Wynyard and Stanley and is set to become one of Australia’s most unique ultra-marathons covering some of Tasmania’s most breath-taking scenery.

Farm Gate Festival
In November next year, the Tamar Valley will play host to over 25 pop-up farm gates, cellar doors, food experiences and tours as part of the first ever Farm Gate Festival.  With $56,000 of Government support over three years, this will become just the second festival of its type in Australia.

In November, Northern Tasmania will play host to a sparkling wine festival, which will showcase Tasmania’s reputation as Australia’s home of premium sparkling wine.  This festival will help Tasmania towards its goal of becoming the premier sparkling wine region outside of France.  The Government will provide $140,000 over three years to help launch the festival.

Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Show
Another northern festival that is set to become a hit is the Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Show.  Debuting this Spring with $42,500 of Government support.  The Festival will also include open gardens and regional tours in addition to the show.

Queenie Muster
The West Coast will play host to a biennial bush muster starting next year.  Based in Queenstown, the event will celebrate bush culture and will reflect the industry, resilience, spirit and history of the West Coast.  The Government is backing the Muster with a $150,000 contribution over three years.

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