Events funding must remain a priority for the McGowan government
Shadow Minister for Tourism and Member for Vasse Libby Mettam has expressed concerns over the McGowan Government’s continuing uncertainty on the future funding of regional events, following today’s announcement on the future of the Margaret River Pro.
“While today’s announcement by the Minister for Tourism that the internationally renowned Margaret River Pro will remain in place is welcome news, there remains great uncertainty over the McGowan Government’s support of other global events in the Southwest, including the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, and the IronmanWA Busselton triathlon,” Ms Mettam said.
“I heard concerns this year from Surfing WA about the future of the event as there was some alarm raised by the World Surf League (WSL) that this event would be dropped from the World Championship Tour (WCT).
“The Margaret River Pro was the third event to join the Australian leg of the WCT tour back in 2014, joining Snapper Rocks in Queensland and Bells Beach in Victoria,” said Libby.
“I understand Surfing WA have been working very hard to negotiate a good outcome with WSL and it’s a credit to Mark Lane and the Surfing WA team to see this event retain its WCT status.
“And now the McGowan Government is rethinking its support for other major tourism draw cards in the Southwest like the Margaret River Gourmet Escape and the IronmanWA Busselton triathlon.
“The Gourmet Escape has a $50 million global reach and like the Margaret River Pro cements the region’s reputation as a major cultural tourism destination, yet the Minister is still having a think on its future,” said Ms Mettam.