South Australian Liberal Government supports events, festivals on the Fleurieu Peninsula, in South Australia.

FESTIVAL FUN: State government funding will help local festivals, including Handpicked festival at Langhorne Creek. Photo: Dani Brown.
FESTIVAL FUN: State government funding will help local festivals, including Handpicked festival at Langhorne Creek. Photo: Dani Brown.

The state government are investing in event and festival grants to build up tourism in South Australia.

Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment David Ridgway announced the 30 recipients of the 2019-20 Regional Events and Festivals Program, and the Community Events Development Fund.

The recipients will share a total of $348,000 in grant funding, which will assist with food, wine, cultural, artistic, and sporting events.

The intention behind the grant is to reinforce the government's commitment to supporting the state's 18,000 local tourism operators.

Festivals on the Fleurieu Peninsula that have received funding in 2019-20 include Handpicked, Lower Lakes Stockman's Challenge, Festival of Nature, and Red Poles and Spinning Yarns.

"We are delighted to be able to support and encourage some of our fantastic regional events and festivals which not only create enormous excitement and goodwill in a community but generate significant flow-on economic benefit and potential jobs growth,'' Minister Ridgway said.

"Events and festivals are a wonderful way to enhance the tourism offering of a particular region and ensure positive economic benefit for local restaurants, motels, cafes and small retailers."

The grants will build on the government's investment in tourism with the $43 million committed in the state budget in 2019-20 for international and domestic marketing of South Australia.

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