Member for Murray has welcomed a $20,000 grant to Griffith Spring Fest through the NSW Government 2019 Flagship Event Fund.

Mr Evans said the Fund provides an annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 for marketing initiatives aimed at driving overnight visitation.

“I’m delighted the Nationals & Liberals Government is supporting Griffith’s annual Spring Fest,” Mr Evans said.

“It is a wonderful celebration for Griffith that attracts many locals and also visitors from far and wide.

“My family and I have attended several times and have thoroughly enjoyed all that’s offered during this spectacular festival, which includes the beautiful open gardens, the incredible citrus sculpture display, the long lunch and the festival launch party.

Mr Evans said hosting events helps shine a bright light on Murray while putting more heads on beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques and I’m delighted that Griffith Spring Fest has secured a $20,000 NSW Government grant.

“Whether it’s food and wine events or music and sporting festivals, we know that events play an important role in driving additional overnight visitation to our region and help to create more jobs’, he said.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall congratulated Griffith Spring Fest on their initiative which will help achieve the NSW Government’s goal of tripling overnight visitor expenditure and reaching $25 billion in regional visitor expenditure by 2030.”

“Our Regional Flagship Events Program has allowed us to establish, market and develop events that give visitors more reasons to get out and see all that beautiful rural and regional NSW has to offer,” Mr Marshall said.

“Whether you are an event owner, tour operator, accommodation provider or attraction owner, we’re working hard right across our regions to make it easier for you to access vital grants to get your initiative off the ground and to get tourism booming more than ever before.”

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said the funds would help grow what is already a major event for the city.

“I’m delighted that Griffith will be able to attract even more visitors to experience all the beauty and fun of Spring Fest,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“I’m proud to say that Spring Fest is a progressive festival that showcases all the great things Griffith has to offer and these funds will go a long way in helping us make it even bigger and better.”

The Flagship Event Fund is part of the Regional Flagship Events Program, which includes three different funding streams.

For more information on the Program, go to www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep.

The Griffith Spring Fest will be held from 13-26 October, with the gardens open from 18-20 October.