FUNDING SUPPORT: Cash for the Noosa Festival of Surfing is testimony to the event’s popularity.
FUNDING SUPPORT: Cash for the Noosa Festival of Surfing is testimony to the event’s popularity. Geoff Potter

Surfing on a funding wave

THE Noosa Festival of Surfing and the International Rugby Sevens have been boosted by state funds that recognise the crowd-pulling power of the iconic events.

The surfing festival, one of Noosa's signature drawcards that is considered world class, has picked up $150,000 support for the next three years.

This is the largest chunk of the $600,000 allocation from the final round of funding under the Tourism and Events Queensland's former Regional Development Program.

The Noosa rugby carnival, one of the newest and most successful additions to a crammed local events calendar has picked up $25,000 from the state.

Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones this week also announced a new $2 million program to grow events tourism in Queensland.

Ms Jones said the new Queensland Destination Events Program would boost the state's $23 billion tourism industry.

"The new funding program is now open for applications and will be more focused on growing high-value regional events," Ms Jones said.

"Under the new program the number of funding rounds will also be increased from two to three a year.

"Events play a vital role in promoting a destination, driving visitation, generating jobs and fostering community pride."

She said the $600,000 funding would be spread across 11 Queensland destinations, ranging from sporting events to cultural celebrations.

This includes the International Rally of Queensland, Sunshine Coast, staged in the hinterland, which picks up $75,000 for the next three years.


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