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50 South West events share in funding

Monday, 12 December 2016

Festivals, fairs and fun runs are among the community events that will shine a little brighter next year with support from the South West Development Commission.

SWDC chairman Stuart Hicks said a total of $147,500 through the South West Events Program will assist 50 events to take place in the region in 2017.

"We are delighted to be able to support events that benefit the region," Mr Hicks said.

"Not only do events create vibrancy in communities, but they also attract people to the places they are held in, lift the profile of the region and contribute to the local economy.

"Many events receiving a financial helping hand are driven by volunteers, so this funding will support their efforts to make our cities and towns such great places to live and visit."

Mr Hicks said the annual contestable grants program had a track record of helping new events to get off the ground and more established events to grow.

"Funding will support both new events such as the Bunbury Fringe Festival 2017 and more established events including the Harvey Harvest Festival," he said.

Other events receiving grants include the Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival, Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, and Nannup Flower and Garden Festival.

Through the South West Events Program, organisations were invited to apply to SWDC for up to $6000 per event.

To help people familiarise themselves with the application process, information sessions were held around the region.

SWDC works to make the South West region an even better place to live, work and invest. Developing the economy and enhancing quality of life are two of its aims.

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South West Events Program funding recipients for 2017:

Boyanup Foundation - $2000 towards Traditional Trades Day

Bunbury Fringe Festival - $3500 towards Bunbury Fringe Festival 2017

Bunbury Multicultural Group - $4500 towards South West Multicultural Festival 2017

City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club - $2500 towards Surf to Surf Fun Run

Collie Arts Festival Committee - $4000 towards Griffin Festival of the Arts

Collie Cycle Club - $4000 towards 92nd Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic

Collie Gallery Group - $3000 towards Let Me Be Myself - The Life Story of Anne Frank

Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival - $5000 towards LiveLighter Dardanup Bull and Barrel Festival

Eaton Primary School Parents and Citizens Association - $2000 towards Eaton Foreshore Festival

Harvey Mainstreet - $4000 towards Harvey Harvest Festival 2017

Lions Club of Collie - $2000 towards 2017 Collie Lions Christmas Pageant and Markets

Lishman Health Foundation - $2000 towards South West Motoring Extravaganza

Myalup Community Association - $2000 towards the Myalup Easter Fair

SixTwoThreeZero - $3000 towards Outside The Box

South West Aboriginal Medical Service - $1500 towards SWAMS NAIDOC Family Fun Day

South West Academy of Sport - $1500 towards SWAS-Telstra Fun Run

TEDxBunbury - $1500 towards TEDxBunbury 2017

Tree Street Art Safari - $1500 towards Tree Street Art Safari

John Boyle O'Reilly Association - $2000 towards 'In Search of the Vigilant' a film event by John Boyle O'Reilly Association

Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault - $2000 towards Science and Engineering Challenge

WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod - $2500 towards WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod

Lunar Circus - $4000 towards The 10th Western Australian Circus Festival

Busselton Runners Club - $4000 towards Busselton Half Marathon and Fun Run

Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association - $4000 towards Busselton Festival of Paddle 2017

Margaret River Region Open Studios - $4000 towards Margaret River Region Open Studios

Augusta River Festival - $3500 towards 2017 Augusta River Festival

Dunsborough & Districts Progress Association - $5000 towards Jazz by the Bay

Dunsborough & Districts Progress Association - $3000 towards Dunsborough Arts Festival

Port Geographe Aquatic Sports - $4500 towards Geographe Bay Raceweek

Dunsborough & Districts Progress Association - $1500 towards South West Harmony Festival

Undalup Association - $2500 towards Undalup Birak Festival 2017

The Busselton Art Society - $2000 towards Art in the Park

South West Odyssey Events - $2000 towards South West Bush Poets Festival

Acting Up Drama School - $2000 towards Summer Series at ArtGeo Courtyard

Arts Margaret River - $5500 towards 2017 Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival

Walpole Community Resource Centre - $2500 towards Av'a G'day in Walpole Australia Day event

Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival - $4500 towards Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival

Pemberton Visitor Centre - $4500 towards Unearthed Pemberton Festival 2017

Boyup Brook CRC - $2500 towards Boyup Brook Art Awards

Blackwood Country Gardens - $3000 towards Festival of Country Gardens

Quinninup Community Association - $2000 towards Quinninup Annual Market Day and Wine Tasting

Manjimup Speedway Club - $2500 towards 60th Western Australian Formula 500 State Title

Northcliffe Visitor Centre - $3500 towards 2017 Blooming Wild Festival

Blackwood River Valley Marketing Association - $1500 towards Rally in the Valley

Nannup Garden Village - $5000 towards Nannup Flower and Garden Festival 2017

Walpole Yacht Club - $3000 towards Walpole In The Trees Regatta 2017

Donnybrook Wineries and Producers - $4000 towards Donnybrook Food and Wine Festival

Blackwood Valley Wine Industry Association - $2000 towards Taste of the Blackwood

Balingup Progress Association - $2000 towards Telling Tales in Balingup

Manjimup Lions Club - $1500 towards Jazz in the Jarrah 2017

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