A $5000 grant given to the Tunarama Festival to help with expenses for the festival’s operations will mean the event can continue to prosper after a successful 2018 event.
The grant, part of the Regional Events and Festivals Program (REFP) and Community Events Development Fund (CEDF), was given to the event to boost regional tourism.
The Tunarama Festival was one of 29 events which received funding.
Tunarama treasurer Barb Davies said the grant money would assist in running events at the festival.
“Tunarama (committee) is in full swing arranging entertainment...without this sort of funding, there is no way it could be a free event,” Mrs Davies said.
“2017 was a disaster, 2018 was back on track and ready in the right direction...this year’s event (2019) is looking pretty good too.”
Mrs Davies said Tunarama brought a lot of money into Port Lincoln each year so it was good to see it supported.
She said while sponsorships had started off slow, previous sponsors seemed keen to continue their support.
Looking ahead to next year’s festival, Mrs Davies said children would love the play area, which would have a pirate, mermaid and fairy theme.
The children’s area was run for the first time last year and received great feedback from festival-goers.
“(2017) is all behind us,” Mrs Davies said.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said visitors were flocking to South Australia in record numbers, and he wanted to see this growth continue.
“Our regions are an important part of the state’s tourism story – these events play a key role in getting people out of the city and spending money on local restaurants, accommodation and attractions,” Mr Ridgway said.
Data from the 2016-2017 Regional Tourism Satellite Accounts show tourism directly employed 36,000 South Australians, and 16,000 of those people were in regional South Australia.