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Whitsunday Regional Council is continuing to support economic growth and community development through the sponsorship of major events and the waiver of fees for local organisations.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Council has become the major sponsor of the inaugural Bowen Youth Festival with a contribution of $20,000.
“This is a new event for Bowen and Council is excited to become the major sponsor with the expectation that it will draw a large number of people to Bowen through a range of fun, youth orientated activities,” Cr Willcox said.
“Council is also providing $10,000 cash and $5000 in-kind sponsorship to the Collinsville Rodeo; an event which continues to draw large numbers to the west of our region each and every year,” he said.
“Sponsorship of these events is a fantastic investment in the Whitsunday Region and supports our cultural diversity and provides a lift to the local economy.”
Yesterday’s Council Meeting also resulted in the following sponsorships and waivers of fees:
• $500 sponsorship to the Proserpine Golf Club for the Open and Championship Events• $500 sponsorship to the Queens Beach State School to assist in sending disabled students to the North Queensland Challenge Games in Townsville• $250 donation to the 2016 Mackay Special Children's Christmas Party• Bowen Art Society’s Art Exhibition – waiver of fees to the value of $1,120• Queensland Tourism, Filming of Better Homes and Gardens – waiver of fees to the value of $255• Whitsunday Running Club’s Run the Great Whitsunday Trail – waiver of fees to the value of $383• Collinsville DIG Industry Forum – waiver of fees to the value of $253.20• Bowen Seagulls Junior Rugby League Club construction of shade structure – waiver of fees to the value of $1414
In 2015/2016 financial year, Whitsunday Regional Council awarded $239,000 to 28 sport and recreation clubs and organisations across all townships in the region through its Community Assistance Grants Program.