City enjoys event boost

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
A bumper events season has injected $2.9 million into economy over the year, according to Bunbury City Council.
Camera IconA bumper events season has injected $2.9 million into economy over the year, according to Bunbury City Council. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

Bunbury is celebrating its biggest events season with more than $2.9 million injected into the economy the past financial year, according to Bunbury City Council.

During the 2017-18 financial year, the council invested close to $380,000 in events with $326,827 coming from the annual Events Grant Funding Round to fund 29 events.

Events included the Bunbury Beer and Cider Festival, South West Multicultural Festival, Geographe Gift, Perth Glory verses Canberra United W-League match, Bunbury Fringe Fest and BMX Australia National Championships.

More than $51,000 was allocated to fund exclusive sporting events through the council’s agreement with Sports Marketing Australia.

The partnership brought major sporting events to Bunbury including Nitro Circus Live, Little Athletics Country Championships and Volley by the Bay.

Deputy Mayor Jaysen Miguel said while the immediate economic benefit was fantastic, there was a flow-on effect from Bunbury playing host to so many events.

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