Council approves $126k in local events funding.
Cairns Regional Council has approved more than $126,000 in grants to grow events that will attract people to the region and provide entertainment and opportunities for residents.
“The Oceanic Athletics Championships – to be hosted by Cairns Athletics Inc in June 2012 – will bring around 500 athletes and volunteers from 22 countries – plus family and other visitors – into the region,” Mayor Val Schier said.
“It will continue the momentum gained through Challenge Cairns at the start of June and really cement Cairns as a centre for major sporting events.”
Northern Beaches Judo Club Inc will further build on this reputation by hosting the 2012 Oceania Judo Union Championships.
“Both of these sporting events will be warm-up events for London Olympic Games, meaning we will have the very best athletes on show in Cairns,” Cr Schier said.
Rounding out the top tier of grants is an international Futsal event to be hosted by Vikings Futsal Association.
Each of these events have received $20,000 in Council Funding. A further two events – Cairns Rugby Union Festival featuring a Super 15 pre-season trial match and the Chinese New Year Festival – have been allocated $15,000 each from the Major Events grants stream.
The Cairns Blues Festival and Cairns Adventure Film Festival will each receive $10,000 through Council’s Developmental Events grants stream.
“These grants are allocated to events that are growing and are likely to attract increasing numbers of visitors to the region,” Cr Schier said.
Through the Local Community Festivals and Events grant stream, End Credits Film Club Inc has been allocated $10,000 to assist with the screening of contemporary films of cultural significance.
Rock Impact Inc’s “Pets in the Park Day” in Edmonton will receive a grant of $6883.
“All of these events have been selected by an independent panel based on the benefit they provide to the Cairns community socially, professionally and economically,” Cr Schier said.
“I congratulate the event organisers who work hard behind the scenes to make these events a success.
“Unfortunately, Council cannot fund every event that applies and I invite those who were unsuccessful this time around to apply for the next funding round in October 2011.”