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QLDC approves events funding

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Events ranging from an air show to aerobics were awarded funding at a Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) meeting on Thursday, 27 June.

Out of 21 applications in total, 19 events covering a cross-section of commercial and community interests received grants from Council as part of its annual Events Fund. New events given funding for the 2019-2020 financial year include a national secondary schools aerobics and hip hop championship, and cultural celebration Polyfest.

QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said it was important for Council to support events in the district, and was thrilled at the new events coming through to boost the diversity of what’s on offer for both visitors and locals.

"With this latest round of funding there’s something for everyone. It’s very important to have events like these in our district and QLDC’s events strategy is all about helping them flourish. It’s delightful to see the huge benefit these events have on our community."

Arts and Events Relationship Manager Jan Maxwell said along with promoting diversity, Council had paid particular attention to an environmentally conscious approach as well.

"QLDC puts a lot of emphasis on environmental consciousness. We have been working to encourage event organisers to consider and implement sustainable practices," she said.

The following funding was approved:

Anchor events:

> Winter Games NZ 2019, $80,000 > LUMA Southern Light Project, $80,000 > New Zealand Open Golf 2020, $80,000 > Warbirds over Wanaka, $80,000

Events under $30,000

> Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival, $13,000 > Aspiring Conversations, $10,000 > Challenge Wanaka, $25,000 > Motatapu/Pioneer, $20,000 > Winter Pride, $25,000 > NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival $10,000

Events receiving Local Community Support of up to $5,000


> Biophilia Festival > Central Lakes Polyfest > NZ Junior Rugby Festival > Merino Muster > Queenstown Marathon (as per MOU: until 2020, Ironman NZ will not have to pay for any

Council venue or infrastructure costs) > Queenstown Winter Festival

> One Summit 2019 > National Schools Aerobics and Hip Hop Championships > Wanaka Dash

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