Events in regional Queensland set for funding boost


Events across regional Queensland will receive a boost in funding from the Palaszczuk Government, with Tourism and Events Queensland today launching the latest round of the Queensland Destination Events Program.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said 20 events would receive a total of $828,000 across eight regions in the 13th round of QDEP funding.

“We invest in events because they bring tourists to regional Queensland and support local jobs,” she said.

“A total of five events will receive funding for the first time ever, including the Gold Coast Running Festival, the Big Pineapple Music Festival in southern Queensland and the Ipswich Festival.\“Two renowned events with a strong track record of growth will also receive significant long-term funding of up to four years – the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival in Outback Queensland, a highlight during the 2019 Year of Outback Tourism, and Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival, which delivered a great arts and culture program during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

"Ms Jones said funding could be used for marketing, strategic plan development, new staff or for event infrastructure.

“We work closely with organisers to maximise the impact of these events for our economy – encouraging tourists to stay in regional Queensland to experience what we have to offer,” she said.

“The Newman Government cut $188 million from the tourism budget. In contrast, we’re investing more in tourism than any government in Queensland’s history because we know this sector is vital for jobs growth in our state.

“To date, we’ve delivered more than $10 million to grow more than 302 events across Queensland.”

"Entries are open for QDEP’s Round 14 funding until 2 October 2019. Funding is available for events held in Queensland between May 2020 and May 2021.

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Event Date

Ipswich Festival [Reimagined]


16 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

UCI Cycle Fest International


8 February 2020 - 16 February 2020

Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival


21 February 2020 - 23 February 2020

Boyne Tannum HookUp


1 May 2020 - 3 May 2020

Sand Safari Arts Festival

Gold Coast

14 February 2020 - 1 March 2020


Gold Coast

12 June 2020 - 13 June 2020

12 Towers Ocean Paddle Race 2020

Gold Coast

5 March 2020 - 8 March 2020


Gold Coast

11 March 2020 - 15 March 2020

Gold Coast Triathlon - Luke Harrop Memorial

Gold Coast

4 April 2020 - 5 April 2020

Gold Coast Running Festival

Gold Coast

26 April 2020 - 26 April 2020

Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival

Gold Coast

12 August 2020 - 23 August 2020

Festival of Hell (formerly known as E&E Waste Hell of the West)

Southern Queensland Country

7 February 2020 - 9 February 2020

Easter Vintage Festival 2020

Southern Queensland Country

11 April 2020 - 13 April 2020

Big Pineapple Music Festival

Sunshine Coast

29 May 2020 - 30 May 2020

Noosa Summer Swim Festival 2020

Sunshine Coast

31 January 2020 - 2 February 2020

2020 QLD Oztag Tri Series

Sunshine Coast

12 June 2020 - 14 June 2020

Australian Body Art Festival

Sunshine Coast

4 April 2020 - 6 April 2020

Sunshine Coast MultiSport Festival

Sunshine Coast

18 April 2020 - 19 April 2020

2020 Townsville NQ Games

Townsville North Queensland

10 April 2020 - 13 April 2020

Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival

Outback Queensland

17 April 2020 - 19 April 2020


Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Cross River Rail
The Honourable Kate Jones 

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