Palm Island festival receives funding boost

A music and cultural festival on Palm Island to coincide with centenary celebrations and the Commonwealth Games has received a substantial boost, thanks to a $135,000 grant from the Coalition’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald welcomed the funding for the inaugural Didge Fest, a three day event that will include a world record attempt for the largest didgeridoo ensemble, which is expected to have considerable economic and social spin-offs for the local community.

“I am delighted to see the Palm Island Aboriginal Council secure funding from the Building Better Regions Fund for what will no doubt be a unique cultural experience,” Senator Macdonald said.

“It will be a real boost for the Palm Island community, as it will help drive local tourism and support additional employment opportunities, as well showcase their wonderful indigenous heritage.”

Senator Macdonald said the Building Better Regions Fund was critical to ensure local community investment projects in regional Australia were realised.

“Without this funding support, projects like this one simply can’t proceed, which is why the Coalition Government is investing $500million to foster economic growth in rural, regional and remote communities.”

LNP candidate for Townsville, Casie Scott, said it was great news for locals.  

"This is fantastic news for the Palm Island community and will go a long way to ensuring the event is a success," Ms Scott said.

"I congratulate Mayor Lacey on his efforts in securing this funding."

Across the north, more than $500,000 has been committed for nine projects, including a Beef expo, regional waste strategy and business plan for indigenous tourism project in the north-west, an urban art project in the far north, and a rodeo Hall of Fame in Mount Isa.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream was investing $6.9million in community projects throughout regional Australia.

“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to. These projects will help achieve that.”


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