Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP says a $2,500 Andrews Labor Government grant to stage the Upwelling Festival will help showcase Portland to visitors from Victoria and beyond.
The funding, announced by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, will support the staging and marketing of the popular event, aimed at showcasing Portland’s unique tourism strengths.
The Upwelling Festival, which takes place on October 31st 2015, highlights the Bonney Upwelling, an important local environmental phenomena which transforms waters off the
Portland coast into the richest marine feeding area in Australia.
The Labor Government has awarded Country Victoria Events Program grants across the state, encouraging small-scale events to engage local communities and attract both day and overnight visitors. A total of 19 grants have been awarded.
Regional Victoria’s impressive calendar of events are a key component of the state’s $10.9 billion regional economy, keeping visitor rates healthy and creating jobs for regional Victorians.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP:
“The Upwelling Festival is an eagerly anticipated event on the Portland calendar. I
encourage everyone to get along and see for themselves what a great show we put on.”
“Events like these keep our local economy strong. They bring visitors to our region,
keeping our motels, shops and cafes busy – and that means jobs.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren:
“Regional Victoria’s tourism stocks are strong under a Labor Government. We understand the crucial role it plays driving the local economy and creating jobs.”
“These grants are designed to help local communities showcase their strengths to
visitors from around Victoria and beyond.”