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Event operators: Bring your events to Frankston City

Applications are now open for seed funding to host an event in Frankston City in the 2017-2018 financial year, as part of the city’s Tourism Event Attraction Program.

The 2016-2017 program’s Seaside Street Food Festival and the Christmas Twilight Markets on Wells Street already has the over 35,000 local residents and visitors wanting more.

And we’re delivering, with Feast at Frankston Waterfront serving up delicious Asian inspired cuisine from 3 to 5 March and the Formula 18 and Viper Catamarans State Titles set to hit the foreshore over Labour Day weekend, 11 to 13 March.

According to Frankston City Mayor Brian Cunial, Frankston has a growing reputation for hosting major events of a national and international standard and the opportunities the new program will bring will only further cement this reputation.

“We are inviting major and regional tourism, conference and business event operators to tap into the exciting opportunities now available in our city,” said the Mayor.

Frankston City currently hosts a number of events that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, including the annual Sand Sculpting exhibition, the Waterfront Festival, Christmas Festival of Lights, Festival of Rugby and the Bloody Big Swim.

In 2017-2018 the funding has been doubled, thanks to a partnership with the Victorian Government, resulting in an additional funding stream specifically to attract events to the city’s centre. This means that a total of $102,000 is available to support new event concepts or existing events looking for a new location within the city.

State Member for Frankston, Mr Paul Edbrooke said: “I’m very proud to work alongside Frankston City Council to deliver the extra funding stream towards attracting events in our revitalised city centre. I encourage individuals and businesses to get on board and apply.”

“These events are specifically targeted to complement the region’s tourism and city’s urban, bayside location, lifestyle and positively contribute to Frankston’s profile,” Mr Edbrooke continued.

The program is targeted towards events which will attract visitors, rather than community events, with an emphasis on those which highlight the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula visitor experiences and products.

“Council is keen to see even more exciting events added to our city’s calendar as a key driver of visitation and fundamental to the city’s lifestyle,” said the Mayor.

“With more reasons to visit Frankston than ever before, why not come to Frankston to enjoy time with family and friends.”

Frankston City Council’s Tourism Event Attraction Program will offer seed funding across two streams and two tiers:

Tourism Events:
• Significant/major event: Up to $30,000
• Regional small scale event: Up to $10,000

City Centre Events
• Significant/major event: Up to $32,000
• Regional small scale event: Up to $20,000

There is also funding available for business events and conferences, up to $10,000.

Applications are now open and close on Friday 17 March 2017.

To download the Tourism Event Attraction guidelines, application form and instructions, visit frankston.vic.gov.au.