Destination Events Funding – Round Two

Kiama Council


Kiama Council, through Destination Kiama, is providing $45,000 to a range of local events in 2024 thanks to Destination Events Funding Program

Manager of Tourism and Events, Sally Bursell, said the Destination Events Funding Program supported festivals and events that attracted visitors from out of area and contributed to our local economy.

“Along with our prized annual events such as the Winter Wine Festival and KISS Arts Festival, we are thrilled to support new events such as DISTILLED at an exciting in The Co-op in Gerringong, as well as welcoming back to our calendar The Kiama Readers Festival and Jamberoo Music Festival,” Ms Bursell said.

The events to receive funding are:

• Melvo Baptiste – $2,000.00

• Winter Wine Festival – $5,220.00

• Kiama Coastal Classic – $4,000.00

• Books by the Sea – $4,500.00

• KISS Arts Festival – $8,000.00

• DISTILLED – $5,220.00

• Jamberoo Music Festival – $7,200.00

• Jamberoo Car Show and Family Day – $5,000.00

• Clearly Music Local Artists 2024 Campaign – $6,000.00


Major Events Survey

“As a major supporter of local events, we’re also keen to learn from our community, what they think of such activities.”

“At the moment we’re asking people about the impact of the wide variety of major events we’ve recently hosted.”

“This will help us better assess their social and economic value against any less-desirable impacts, such as noise and other disruptions.”

Destination Kiama contracted tourism development consultancy Tilma Group to conduct a review of our major events.

These include the KISS Arts Festival, Winter Festival, Clearly Music and Arts Festival, Changing Tides, Kiama NYE Sky Show and Red Hot Summer Tour (2024).

Residents can have their say by completing our online survey:

Kiama Major Events Residents Survey

The survey closes Sunday 25 February 2024.

The results will assist Tilma Group with their advice to Council on how to maximise the benefits of major events, and how to reduce their impacts.

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