The High Country is set to benefit from Brumby Labor Government funding to support regional tourism and boost local jobs.
“The High Country region will receive an $11,000 boost through the Brumby Labor Government’s Country Victoria Events Program, which supports a number of events in regional Victoria,” said the Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad MLC.
Ms Broad welcomed the support for four key events in the High Country region which will receive funding from the CVEP.
The High Country region will benefit from:
- $2,500 for Bike Buller Mountain Bike Festival, 13-14 March 2010. This biking event has races for all ages and stages and capitalises on the stunning mountain scenery in the region.
- $2,500 for Viva Italia Festival Wangaratta, 19-26 March 2010. Celebrating Italian culture this event includes a street festival, music, sport food and wine.
- $3,000 for La Fiera Myrtleford, 14-23 May 2010. A celebration of Italian culture, the program for this event includes the worlds longest pasta lunch, a masquerade ball, sporting tournaments and much more.
- $3,000 for the Beechworth Ned Kelly Weekend Festival, 6-8 August 2010. Commemorating the life of Ned Kelly this event features re-enactments, music, tours and poetry.
“These events help to protect the jobs of the thousands of Victorians employed by the tourism industry across the State,” Ms Broad said.
“The High Country region has a fantastic range of diverse attractions and events – whether you are interested in gourmet food and wine, nature-based activities, music, or a short break,” she said.
Ms Broad said that many visitors coming to the High Country region for these events will stay in the area, giving the local tourism industry an important boost.
“Visitors will be well serviced by our extensive range of accommodation options, including B&Bs, motels, hotels and caravan and camping facilities.
“The region’s cafés, restaurants, bars and shops will also benefit from the thousands of visitors that these events attract,” Ms Broad
“The Country Victoria Events Program (CVEP) assists with the development of growing regional events.
“Funding for the CVEP is made available through the Brumby Labor Government’s Living Regions Living Suburbs program and is managed by Tourism Victoria,” she said.
For more information about events happening across Victoria please visit www.visitvictoria.com.