Funding will help Oysterfest promotion

FUNDING: Oysterfest organiser Annette Plane at the Oysterfest grounds. The festival is one of four Eyre Peninsula events to share in state government funding. Picture: Luca Cetta
FUNDING: Oysterfest organiser Annette Plane at the Oysterfest grounds. The festival is one of four Eyre Peninsula events to share in state government funding. Picture: Luca Cetta

Oysterfest is one of four Eyre Peninsula events to have shared in state government grants focusing on culinary, sporting and arts festivals across the state.

The Ceduna event has received $10,000 in funding under the Regional Events and Festivals Program, in the final year of a three-year agreement with the government.

Oysterfest organiser Annette Plane said the grant was used to help promote the event to a wider audience.

“The money enables us to help market and promote the event,” she said.

“It allows us to go outside our local area and promote Oysterfest to other regions.”

Ms Plane said Oysterfest preparations were coming along well for the event which takes place between Friday, September 29 and Sunday, October 1.

“Things are going really well, most suppliers are ready to go, the program is almost final and we have contingency in place for the weather,” she said.

“The One and All will be coming – it was in jeopardy because of the Port of Thevenard closure but they have worked around that, however they cannot do day cruises with members of the public because of safety around boarding.

“The Saturday night dinner has been left off the program, however we still have the Friday night event at the site and the Sunday night family event at the Sailing Club.”

Other Eyre Peninsula festivals to receive a grant were A Day on the Bay at Coffin Bay, Port Lincoln’s Tunarama and the Whyalla Sea Life Festival.

In total the government is supporting 39 events across the state, totalling $404,000.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said community events and festivals were extremely important to towns and regions throughout South Australia.

“They’re terrific at boosting community spirit in the local area and also bringing important tourism dollars to them.”

Mr Bignell said Eyre Peninsula had a lot to offer visitors.

“The Eyre Peninsula is home to sumptuous seafood, with 65 per cent of the nation’s catch from local waters,” he said.

“These events provide a great opportunity for visitors to not only explore the region but also to see for themselves why its produce is so highly regarded.”

Mr Bignell also said South Australia was experiencing a tourism boom with the industry worth $6.3 billion to the state’s economy, while regional areas contributed 42 per cent to the tourism market.

Eyre Peninsula is seen as a growing destination for domestic and international travellers, with visitation for the 12 months to March 2017 estimated at 427,000.