Bushfire recovery boost for Victoria’s regional events

Published: 5 February 2020

The Victorian Government will launch a special events booster fund to help kickstart the recovery of regions affected by the summer’s devastating bushfires.

Announced over the weekend, the new dedicated Bushfire Recovery round of Regional Events Fund will deliver up to $300,000 to help organisers to attract more people to events.

Events in 15 local government areas will be eligible for funding: Ararat, Alpine, Ballarat, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Indigo, Mansfield, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington and Wodonga.

Applications for up to $20,000 will require the support of either a local council or regional tourism board.

Visit Victoria will manage the program and applications will open this month, with a fast-tracked application process. An ordinary round of the Regional Events Fund open to all local councils will also commence soon.

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Confirmation of the Bushfire Recovery events program follows a number of Victorian Government initiatives aimed at helping local tourist operators and communities get back on their feet, including:

Visit Victoria will spend up to $2 million on marketing in coming months to support regional communities.