Funding support for West Coast events

FUNDING: Ceduna's Oysterfest event in 2018. Oysterfest and Rodeo by the Sea have received state government funding.
FUNDING: Ceduna's Oysterfest event in 2018. Oysterfest and Rodeo by the Sea have received state government funding.

Two West Coast events will share in $35,000 in state government funding to help promote them to a larger audience.

Ceduna's Oysterfest will receive $10,000 from the Regional Events and Festivals Program and Streaky Bay's Rodeo by the Sea has been awarded $5000 from the same program, which will help with marketing the events.

The Oysterfest funding is the second part of a two-year commitment and the Ceduna District Council's tourism and events officer Lynette Croft said they were grateful to receive the funding.

"Without the funding, the iconic Oysterfest event would be harder to put on for the community," she said.

"This money is predominantly for marketing, to help reach a wider audience - we have done some TV advertising and have engaged graphic designers to help with a more upmarket marketing plan for us.

"We are extremely grateful and it's a plus for the community as it gets people into town, so beds are being used and food being bought."

Streaky Bay Tourist Promotions president Lyn Finch said the funding was a "vote of confidence" in the event as it was named a recipient alongside established Eyre Peninsula events.

"We are hoping to get over 2000 people for this event, and most will come from interstate, coming by car across Eyre Peninsula refuelling their vehicles and themselves," she said.

"A lot of competitors come from landlocked areas and for them to come to a Rodeo by the Sea will be a unique experience for them - many are coming a few days before and some a week before, so it will be a wonderful cash injection for the community.

"The funding will allow us to advertise to a different demographic than if we didn't have the money."

Minister for Tourism David Ridgway said the grants would assist events and reinforced the state government's commitment to supporting the state's tourism operators.

"We are delighted to be able to support and encourage some of our fantastic regional events and festivals which not only create enormous excitement and goodwill in a community but generate significant flow-on economic benefit and potential jobs growth,'' he said.

"Tourism is a vital economic driver for regional South Australia [and] the regions account for a quarter of the state's population but generate nearly half of SA's tourism expenditure.

"We want to encourage more South Australians and interstate and international visitors to get out and about and experience the very best that SA has to offer, spending time and money in our regions and growing our tourism sector."