Member for Murray Austin Evans today announced that the Wentworth branch of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) will receive funds under the NSW Government’s Regional Business Event Development Fund, which aims to attract more business event visitors into rural and regional areas across the State.

Mr Evans said the Fund is part of the $6 million NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan and provides investment into the regional visitor economy on a matched-dollar-for-dollar basis.

“We are constantly looking to attract great conferences to our spectacular corner of NSW and I am delighted that the ICPA will receive $27,400 through this fantastic NSW Government fund,” Mr Evans said.

“This is in addition to the $4,999 in NSW Government through NSW Women’s Week funding the Association received last month.

“The regional conferencing sector presents a significant growth opportunity for our region, because we know that events generate extra business for our restaurants, attractions and accommodation providers, all driving the local economy and creating jobs.

“It is fantastic that Buronga was chosen as the location for this year’s state conference, with nearly 200 people expected to attend. No doubt they will be impressed with the outstanding facilities, lovely scenery and wonderful community we have at Buronga.

“We look forward to welcoming first-time and returning visitors to our region for the NSW State ICPA Conference, which will help to spread the word about our fantastic business event capabilities.”

ICPA Vice-President Nerida Healy said she was delighted with the grant and thanked the NSW Government.

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this support from the NSW Government, which will enable ICPA to showcase the beauty and diversity of the Wentworth Shire.

“We know our members are really doing it tough with drought, however this grant allows us to provide an exceptional experience for our guests and entice them to return for a holiday with their families in our wonderful region,” Mrs Healy said.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the conferencing industry is currently worth $173 million in overnight visitor expenditure to rural and regional NSW, with the NSW Government working hard to grow the number even further.

“From the bush to the coast, we want everyone to know that NSW offers delegates a great opportunity to do business, which is why we have opened a $500,000 Regional Business Event Development Fund, to drive even more investment in our local communities,” Mr Marshall said.

“Since launching the Regional Conferencing Strategy Action Plan, we have welcomed almost 17,000 delegates into regional areas and NSW Government is committed to maintaining this momentum.

“I congratulate the ICPA on their initiative to help encourage longer stays in Murray as we work towards our goal of reaching $25 billion in regional visitor expenditure by 2030.”

For more information on the Fund, go to www.meetinnsw.com.au.

Those wishing to organise regional events in the second half of 2019 can now apply for a slice of the $500,000 funding on offer from the NSW Government.

Applications for Round Two of the Incubator Event Fund and Flagship Event Fund are still open and are set to close on Saturday 13 January.

“I’m encouraging anyone in the community looking to put on an event in the second half of 2019 to jump online and lodge an application at www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep,”