New QLD govermnent funding
A FESTIVAL whose celebration of surfing has drawn people from around the globe to Noosa every year for the past 24 years is the big winner from the latest round of State Government funding of events under the new Queensland Destination Events program.
The Cricks Noosa Festival of Surfing will receive $150,000 over three years from 2016, making it the biggest recipient from the latest $600,000 stimulus package announced by Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones.
Normally staged at Noosa First Point, depending on surf conditions, the festival incorporates nightly entertainment on the beach and at Lions Park, an array of novelty events and professional competition.
Another big Sunshine Coast winner is the International Rally of Queensland, to be held at Imbil in the Mary Valley on June 20-21.
It will receive $75,000, also over three years from 2016.
The FIA Asia Pacific and East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship rounds will be based at Oaks Oasis Resort in Caloundra, with the weekend action centred on Imbil.
The Mary Valley Showgrounds at Imbil will become the expected 80 competitors' service park, where each team will have its service facility when they return from the forests for replenishment and repair.
School facilities opposite the showground will be home to Rally Command.
With a number of competitors and spectators choosing to camp in the town, the local community will host an Imbil Rally Street Party, with food, drink and entertainment available.
Other Sunshine Coast events to benefit include the Queensland International Three-day Event to be held at Noosa Equestrian Centre at Tandur from October 3-5, which has received $10,000 funding, the Queensland Ocean Swim Series to be held here and on the Gold Coast, which receives $25,000, and the Noosa International Rugby 7s from October 9-11, which also receives $25,000.
This year the three-day equestrian event will be held in conjunction with the Queensland Eventing State Championships.