Budget funding to boost visitor economy

The draft 2020/2021 Budget will invest in attracting and retaining events and exhibitions to bring visitors back to Greater Bendigo when restrictions on travel and social gatherings are lifted.

More than $500,000 will be put aside for event attraction/acquisition in sport and leisure, food and wine, arts and culture, business, car club and agricultural events. 

The draft Budget also includes funding for City of Gastronomy initiatives such as the development of regional trails and precincts that promote local food, wine and other beverages.

It will also include $350,000 to attract new exhibitions to Bendigo Art Gallery over the next financial year.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the tourism industry had been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.

“While we know these restrictions are very important and save lives, there is no doubt that this has been a massive blow to food, retail and accommodation providers, as well as event organisers,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Our Tourism and Major Events unit has been working hard behind the scenes to make sure that as soon as we are allowed, we can re-start our fabulous year-round calendar of events that bring so many people to Bendigo.

“Our Gallery exhibitions are hugely important to bring people to our great city and region, and we have to continually invest in attracting high quality exhibitions.

“Our designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy also opens up many opportunities to showcase Bendigo and the region and attract visitors.”

To view the draft Budget, go to www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/budget

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