Council coughs up $140K for 40th Queenstown Winter Festival


The 40th Queenstown Winter Festival has been awarded $140,000 in the local council’s latest allocation of event funding.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council’s new events fund is giving $117,738 to the American Express-sponsored festival, from June 20-29, and $21,945 for the Mountain Scene-sponsored Thriller in the Chiller charity boxing event held during the festival. 

Festival boss Lisa Buckingham is thrilled to have the support of the council, especially as the Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. 

“Sponsorship and funding is critical to the ongoing viability and growth of the Queenstown Winter Festival.

“It is an expensive event to run but one which delivers so many community and commercial benefits. The event is embedded in our community as it announces the arrival of winter and is held early in our winter season so is of great economic benefit to our businesses. 

“Having the support of the Events Office endorses our strategic objectives, and reaffirms the local significance of the event,” she says. 

The grant will go toward the delivery of the 2014 festival, an iconic national event which pumps $57 million back into Queenstown’s local economy. 

Meanwhile, The Mule assault course race, which will run twice a year at Moke Lake, near Queenstown, starting this Saturday, receives $20,000. 

The council has made five other grants for events during the 2014-2015 financial year. 

Aspiring Conversations receives $15,000, Merino Muster/Worldloppet, at Snow Farm in the Cardrona Valley, $17,840, Mountain Film Festival $10,680, Queenstown’s Parklife Invitational freestyle skiing/riding event $6360 and Wanaka’s Festival of Colour $27,000. 

Applications for the 2014-15 financial year close on April 30.