Festivals and events in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges will receive a welcome boost thanks to the Andrews Labor Government and will help create jobs, attract visitors and support businesses in the area.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said that the $200,000 will support festivals and events in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, and will help showcase an area of the state full of natural wonders, great food and wine options and spectacular scenery.

The funding will be managed by the Hepburn and Macedon Ranges shires, who will work in consultation with the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Tourism board.

In 2018 more than 2.7 million visitors enjoyed the sights and sounds of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, up 3.1 per cent on the previous year, with over $473 million in tourism expenditure for the region’s economy, up 15.6 per cent.

The boost to the region’s festivals and events aligns with the roll-out of the Regional Tourism Review which will look for further opportunities to grow visitation and boost local businesses across regional Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“This funding will help attract visitors, deliver more events and support local businesses in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges.”

“Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges are an amazing part of Victoria full of natural sights and cultural attractions. The range of festivals and events in the area will only continue to grow, benefiting the entire community.”

“Tourism remains one of regional Victoria’s most important industries, creating jobs and helping our economy thrive.”