Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced that one of the region’s newest events, Gunnedah’s Energy, Innovation & Mining Expo (eIMEx) has secured $20,000 from the NSW Government’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund. Mr Anderson said the NSW Government Fund assists rural and regional events in their first or second year to grow attendance and boost the local visitor economy.

“Events like the eIMEx will play an important role in driving additional overnight visitation to Gunnedah,” he said. “It is a fantastic way to fuel our local economy by putting more heads on hotel beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques, and I am delighted this event will benefit from the NSW Government’s funding support,” Mr Anderson concluded.

The Incubator Event Fund offers one-off grants of up to $20,000 to those staging an event for the first or second time to fund elements such as staging, venue hire, research, marketing and publicity activities. The Expo will be held from 1 to 3 November 2018 at the Gunnedah Showground. Exhibitors from the energy, innovation and mining sectors will come together at the Gunnedah Showground to showcase and demonstrate the latest technology and equipment. Learn about the issues around the coexistence of agriculture and mining and see the latest renewable energy developments.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the NSW Government is doing everything it can to supercharge regional communities, with an extra $500,000 committed to boost the Regional Flagship Events Program. “We are growing the regional tourism pie across NSW, making sure everybody gets a slice. This funding boost will have a positive impact on local hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions – helping to stimulate local economies and create more jobs,” Mr Anderson concluded.

MEDIA: Simon Chamberlain