A total amount of $74,000 has been allocated to iconic Augusta Margaret River events for the financial year 2012-13. These include the Cinefest OZ, Drug Aware Pro Surf contest, Anaconda Adventure Race and Creative Festival.
The news article “$74,000 for Augusta Margaret River icon events” has full details on this development. It says: “The council received funding requests of $106,500 for the 2012/13 financial year, with $15,000 of the 2012/13 Icon Events budget already committed by council to host the Australian Pro Tour tennis event. Council will also be asked to consider fee waivers for 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.” http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/news/local/news/general/74000-for-augustamargaret-river-icon-events/2613639.aspx
The Augusta Margaret River Shire Council last week voted to allocate the money, with Councilor John Bell saying that the amount will be spent well.
Speaking of the positive effects that the Anaconda race had on the town of Augusta, Councilor Mike Smart said he believed that many people who previously didn’t know about Augusta have now seen it.
The staff report to the council had suggested that the Augusta Margaret River region had experienced a fall in tourist activity in line with national and state trends, and said that tourist events helped improve the situation.
Figures released by the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association have shown a decline of 8.5% visitation in 2011 compared to 2010, with the start of 2012 no different.
This decline has been attributed to various factors including the rise in costs of living in Australia, global financial meltdown, increase in the value of the Australian dollar in the international market as well as negative issues such as shark attacks, bushfires and coal mining.
About the Shire of Augusta Margaret River:
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is situated in the conveniently accessible south west region of WA. Around 13,000 people live in this wonderful natural setting, which offers excellent opportunities for leisure pursuits, housing, employment and education. Another 1.5 million visitors and tourists visit this very unique part of the world each year, to enjoy tranquility, award winning wineries, restaurants and holiday accommodation.
The mission of the Augusta Margaret River Shire Council is to work in partnership with, or on behalf of the entire Augusta Margaret River Shire community, to promote local economic prosperity, strengthen the local community, protect the natural atmosphere and effectively manage the community’s assets and infrastructure.
For further details go to the Shire of Augusta Margaret River