Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

8 October 2015

Will Hodgman, Premier
Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Tamar Valley Writers Festival paves way for more regional events

The Tamar Valley Writers Festival has a new name, but the same great attractions which drew 5,000 people to the inaugural Festival of Golden Words in 2014.

The Tamar Valley Writers Festival will be held at locations across the region and will no doubt prove inspirational to writers and visitors alike.

It’s great that this year’s Festival theme aligns with the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to improving literacy, particularly for young Tasmanians.

The Tasmanian Government is proud to support this event and is providing $20,000 in funding through Events Tasmania, and an additional $10,000 through the Premier’s Discretionary Fund.

Each year events supported by our Government return around $100 million to the economy, and they create jobs. Events are also a critical part of bringing more visitors to Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government  is supporting more events which draw people out of our major centres to enjoy our regional areas to make sure our regions share in the industry’s billion dollar boom.

The Regional Events Start-Up Program, which I am launching today, makes $610,000 available to kick-start exciting new events, and support existing events to go to the next level, while ensuring they can be financially self-sustaining into the future.

This will help to fill gaps in Tasmania’s events calendar and ensure our quieter seasons are action packed.

I encourage all of those who have a great idea for an event to lodge an Expression of Interest before Stage 1 closes on November 20. Successful applicants will be announced early next year.

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