Council’s $700k for events

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A new Queenstown council event-seeding fund is open for applications.

Queenstown Lakes District Council has created a $700,000 event fund in its recently-adopted annual plan, following work undertaken by a Shaping Our Future events forum and taskforce.

Mayor Vanessa van Uden says the fund’s aimed at attracting and ensuring the success of major economic, niche and community events.

“It’s a pretty modest investment when you consider the return,” she says.

One major commercial event could potentially attract up to 10,000 visitors and generate up to $10 million for the local economy.

“You have a $10m contestable Central Government Major Event Fund available to cement the viability of events such as the Winter Games – this council needed to step up and show its commitment to events.”

Van Uden says the council will also deliver an event-friendly service.

“There will be staff dedicated to facilitate a ‘one-stop-shop’ for organisers, which will include a dedicated online service, that equates to a significant investment from QLDC in ‘in kind’ services.”

Applications for events held from July 31-October 31 close July 26.

Applications for round two, for events from November 1-April 30, close August 30.

Those applying for $5000 or less for community events can apply at any time, Van Uden says.

The mayor will chair a panel that will consider applications under $30,000 and make recommendations to council for applications seeking more than $30,000.