Valley snubbed by Tourism NSW

CLARENCE Valley events have never received funding from Tourism NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program despite at least three attempts, according to Clarence River Tourism manager Jenny Massie.

In fact, Ms Massie said none of the submissions she knew of had even made it past the first stage of the process – a shortlist of expressions of interest.

Stage two of the process is a full-blown application.

“In the past I’ve had the Jacaranda Festival, Artsfest and the Australian Goanna Pulling Championships approach me to assist them in applying for Flagship funding,” Ms Massie said.

“Despite the Clarence Valley having a long history of successful events, we’ve never even got past stage one for funding.”

Ms Massie said Flagship funding grants in 2009 were available for marketing events in one of two categories – a $10,000 one-off grant or a $20,000 per year grant for three years.

But Ms Massie said she had certainly not given up on achieving funding and encouraged any major event organiser to apply for a grant.

“It’s very competitive and I would be happy to assist people wanting to prepare their submissions,” she said.

Details such as application closing dates of Tourism NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program could not be obtained from the organisation late yesterday, but a representative said she would provide more details today.

A follow-up to Saturday’s Daily Examiner article about the Events NSW’s calendar of events will run in tomorrow’s edition.



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