Signature event gets financial boost

Published: Tuesday, 3 October 2017 at 12:17:00 PM

After making waves in Geraldton since being announced recently, our newest signature event Wind on Water Festival has received a very welcome financial boost.

WoW Festival has been named a recipient of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund Community Investments grant, being awarded $80,000.

The event will be held on 21 & 22 April 2018 and City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the community were already pumped.

“We made the announcement recently and we are getting great feedback, everyone is really excited,” he said.

“Thousands are expected to flock to our beautiful Foreshore from all around the state, so it will be a huge boost for tourism and our local economy.

“We are very grateful to have received the BBRF grant from the Federal Government and our Events team are working hard to ensure the funding is put to good use with an exciting program.”

WoW Festival is set to encompass everything Geraldton has to offer, including magnificent weather.

“We have selected April as the time to hold this Festival because we feel this is the very best time of year to attract tourists - especially from Perth – to our spectacular regional City,” added Mayor Van Styn.

“Although it isn’t the windiest time of year, there is still enough of a breeze in April to enjoy a great number of water sports and it is also often still warm enough to enjoy a swim in the ocean - which can’t be said for a number of the top holiday locations in the State’s Southwest in April.”

Expect everything from water sports, amazing family activities on our Foreshore, plus some very exciting new projects such as kinetic sculptures on our beach.

The event was born from two of Geraldton’s natural elements – wind and water. Both elements play a key part in our lifestyle and have therefore been chosen as the event’s theme.

“We are also very excited to be announcing a massive headline act for the event very soon,” Mayor Van Styn continued.

“I would be encouraging everyone to put this in their calendars now!”

Greater Geraldton was among over 20 successful organisations in WA, who also received grant funding for various projects in round one.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Building Better Regions Fund was turning dreams into reality. 

"I congratulate the successful applicants, who were chosen from a field of 545 applications,” she said. 

“We're delivering all kinds of projects across Australia thanks to the Building Better Regions Fund.”

More details about WoW Festival will be released closer to the date.

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