20 June 2020

The Morrison Government has today announced funding support for 24 events and festivals in fire affected regions, under the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, as Australia navigates its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions ease across the country.

Around $580 000 in funding will now flow for events and projects across fire affected regions, with more to follow in the coming weeks, helping to boost domestic visitors through unique local experiences.

Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism Jonno Duniam said many tourism businesses were greatly affected by the catastrophic summer bushfires, and are now navigating their way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With restrictions easing, and planning for events starting again, it’s great to announce recipients of 24 grants under the Regional Tourism Recovery Grants program, which will help revive the regional tourism industry,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“One in 13 Australian jobs is dependent on tourism, as are many thousands of Australian businesses. Australia attracts close to nine million international arrivals annually and the absence of international tourism is a huge blow to the sector.

“Many events in fire-affected regions were postponed or cancelled as a result of COVID-19. With restrictions easing, this funding support will help get events and festivals up and running in the second half of the year.

“We want to encourage Australians to support local and regional tourism, until we are able to welcome international visitors again.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel—as restrictions ease we are encouraging every Australian who can afford to, to soak up the beauty and diversity of regional experiences.

“Australians love to travel, and while their international wings may be clipped for the time being, these grants are aimed at boosting domestic travel experiences and investing regional communities to reinvigorate our tourism industry.”

The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant Program will support events to encourage tourists back into our bushfire affected regions and is part of a $76 million tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies.

Among the successful recipients is the Toowoomba Regional Council, which will benefit with a $28,000 grant for Chilling in the High Country – Hearth, Wind and Fire, a food and wine-focussed series of events to be staged across southern Queensland’s agriculturally rich Darling Downs region beginning this month. In Victoria, Grampians Tourism Board Inc will benefit from $29,211 for the Grampians Grape Escape and Seriously Shiraz events.  On the New South Wales South Coast, the Eurobodalla Shire Council will receive $80,000 for next year’s Narooma Oyster Festival, which celebrates the region’s quality produce.

For further information on the RTBR grants program click HERE.



Project Title Funding

Lismore City Council


Eat the Street Lismore 2020




Kingston District Council


Moving Pictures




Adelaide Hills Council


Pome Fest 2020




Toowoomba Regional Council


Chilling in the High Country – Hearth, Wind and Fire




Mount Barker District Council


Hahndorf Hidden Histories




Grampians Tourism Board Inc


Grampians Grape Escape and Seriously Shiraz Event Support




Blue Mountains City Council


Wollemi Markets and Laneway Activation – Katoomba




Kangaroo Island Council


2020 Kangaroo Island Art Exhibition




Mount Barker District Council


Heysen Family / The Cedars Touring Exhibition



Narrabri Shire Council  

Wee Waa Cotton Capital Country Music Muster Promotion and Marketing


Port Macquarie Hastings Council


ArtWalk 2020




Wollondilly Shire Council


Children’s Festival and Movie Night




Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council


Bungendore Street Party




Oberon Council


Oberon outdoor festival




Alpine Shire Council


Spartan Trifecta Event




Eurobodalla Shire Council


Thank you Firies – community and business event




Rural City Of Murray Bridge


Murray River Splash Festival




Mid-Western Regional Council


Fermentation Festival (‘Fermenta’) at Rylstone and Kandos NSW




Wollondilly Shire Council


Telopea Park Buxton




Snowy Monaro Regional Council


Lake Light Sculpture Jindabyne




Eurobodalla Shire Council


Narooma Oyster Festival




Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Bungendore Meet and Make Expo $14,217

Glen Innes Severn Council

GlenRock $20,000