Bunbury events creating a new ‘cultural hub’

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

An influx of events in Bunbury is transforming the city into a cultural hub and adding vitality to the region, according to Mayor Gary Brennan.

Bunbury City Council has released an ambitious strategy in a bid to raise the profile and reputation of the region as a vibrant and diverse area to live and visit.

It comes as the council has been inundated with event funding applications this financial year and a selection of events attracted big crowds at the weekend.

“There’s certainly been more applications for funding assistance than we have cash allocated, but certainly it’s been a great outcome,” Mr Brennan said.

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He said the number of events over the past weekend alone were evidence of a growing trend.

“There’s a heck of a lot of events occurring within our CBD and that’s what we want to do to continue to add vitality to the CBD and bring people into the CBD,” he said.

People were spoilt for choice on Saturday with Bunbury Fringe, Bunbury Chinese New Year Festival, Bunbury Food Truck Fiesta and Circus Royale being held.

The Events Strategy 2017-2020 aims to attract, support and promote events which deliver community and economic benefits.

It includes key aspects such as fostering a diverse and vibrant calendar of events, identifying and attracting iconic events and providing support for quality events in the Bunbury Geographe region.

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