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NSW Government Brings Major Multicultural Events to Hunter-Newcastle Region


Riverlight's Festival in Maitland

The NSW Government will partner with four local councils across the Hunter and Newcastle areas to host multicultural events and festivals.

 

Lake Macquarie City Council, Port Stephens Council, Newcastle City Council and Maitland City Council will all receive grants ranging from $100,000 to $650,000 over two years to partner with the NSW Government to host major festivals and events.


Minister for Multiculturalism Mark Coure said each partnership with the councils will help make their events bigger tourism attractions and local economy boosters.


“To have four different multicultural events hosted across the region shows that our multicultural society is not isolated to one city or area, but that it extends right across NSW,” Mr Coure said.

“This funding will help each of these councils take their events and festivals to the next level.”


The funding has been made available thanks to a record $10 million allocated in the 2022-23 NSW Budget to go towards supporting multicultural events and festivals across the state.


Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the massive funding boost was welcomed.


“Here in the Hunter, new residents from across the globe are always welcomed,” Mr Martin said.


“For us to be able to host major festivals and events in partnership with local councils means everyone gets to experience the best the region has to offer.”


Councils across the state’s Six Cities regions were able to apply for up to $500,000 a year over two years to partner with the NSW Government as part of its Major Festival and Events Grants program. The Six Cities Regions comprise of the Lower Hunter and Greater Newcastle City, Central Coast City, Illawarra-Shoalhaven City, Western Parkland City, Central River City and Eastern Harbour City.


For more information, visit multicultural.nsw.gov.au.

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