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Artwalk 2020 Receives Funding Boost

Released on: 08 July 2020

Released on: 08 July 2020


ArtWalk 2020, one of our regions premier arts and cultural events has received a welcome boost, sharing in funding of $1 million to support regional New South Wales tourism.

The $20,000 received through the Destination NSW 2020 Regional Event Fund is among 59 events throughout regional New South Wales, and one of five events from the Port Macquarie-Hastings to receive a financial boost.

Council Group Manager, Liesa Davies said that the funding for ArtWalk and other local events will assist organisers in attracting more visitors, and help drive economic activity across the region.

"This is a fabulous outcome for key events like ArtWalk, the Elephant Trail Race, and the Hello Koala Festival & Treasure Hunt," said Ms Davies.

"The micro events Motofest Wauchope, and the North Haven River Festival have also received a financial boost, truly putting our region on the must-visit list during the coming year."

The funding from Destination NSW is the second financial injection for ArtWalk, following a $25,000 grant from the Australian Government’s Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant Program - Stream 1, announced in June.

With the drought, bushfires and COVID-19 all having an impact, it has been a challenging year for local business and regional communities, and one way for communities to get back on their feet is to drive tourism, and to attract outside visitors who spend their money in regional towns.

"This funding will help bring our regional events back to life, creating jobs for locals, and reinvesting funds into our own community," explained Ms Davies.

"Events like ArtWalk play a major role in showcasing the depth of talent we have in our local arts and culture industry, and is another great reason to visit the Port Macquarie-Hastings region."

The Regional Event Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $10 million 2020 Tourism Recovery package, comprising of two streams: the Flagship Event Fund and a new Micro Event Fund.

ArtWalk 2020 will take place from 1-8 October in the streets of Laurieton, Port Macquarie and Wauchope, with the ‘Longest Footpath Art Gallery’.

Artists, creatives, businesses, schools, performer’s, musicians, venues and volunteers are being encouraged to get involved, with further information and registration forms available at pmhc.nsw.gov.au/artwalk.