The Victorian Government has invested a further $17.7 million in the Regional Events and Innovation Fund in the 2018/19 State Budget

Under the fund, the Significant Sporting Events program has funded more than 300 events across the state, with half of those, held in regional Victoria.  The Program is growing regional tourism and sporting events in Northern Victoria and driving growth in regional economies.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said “more visitors are travelling to Victoria than ever before and we’re investing to keep them coming. That’s great news for local businesses and tourism operators, and great news for Victorian jobs.”           

Regional Tourism Boards are able to apply for new grants to boost their local economies and jobs by attracting new visitors and new events according to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp.               

New funding will also be made available to regional event organisers, sporting associations, venues and local councils to help kick-start their bid to host more national or international sporting events.  

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP said “we want to bring more events to Northern Victoria because they create jobs, fill our hotels, attract new visitors and strengthen our local economy.”      

“We’re backing tourism operators and providing the support our region needs to grow – so we encourage local tourism boards and councils to apply for funding.”  

The fund supported more than 75 events last year alone, including the NBL Blitz in the Latrobe Valley, the AGL Loy Yang Traralgon International Tennis Tournament and the Trans-Tasman Archery event in Morwell.     

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 provides an extra $51.1 million to attract thousands more visitors from interstate and overseas, as part of Visit Victoria’s work to grow visitor spending to $36.5 billion by 2025, and create thousands of local jobs.         

For more information and how to apply visit sport.vic.gov.au.