Scenic Rim economy to receive a $5.5 million boost with tourism events

CELEBRATION: Helen McAteer and Kim Heslop from Witches Falls Winery enjoy a tipple amongst the carrots at a Kalbar Eat Local event. Next year the celebration will mark Eat Local's 10th anniversary..
CELEBRATION: Helen McAteer and Kim Heslop from Witches Falls Winery enjoy a tipple amongst the carrots at a Kalbar Eat Local event. Next year the celebration will mark Eat Local's 10th anniversary..

SCENIC Rim Regional Council has announced more events scheduled for the region are tipped to deliver at least $5.5 million to the Scenic Rim in 2021, thanks to bushfire recovery funding.

Signature regional events scheduled in 2021 include the Great Gondwana Festival, co-hosted by ecotourism icons Binna Burra Lodge, O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat and Mount Barney Lodge, a gala concert in collaboration with Queensland Music Festival and the 10th anniversary of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week.

Council says those three events alone are expected to bring an estimated combined return of $5.5 million.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the Scenic Rim was ready to shine in 2021.

"The new signature events planned for delivery in 2021 and beyond will be welcome additions to the annual calendar of major events in Scenic Rim, providing increased visitation and positive economic return to the region," he said.

"Council has been extremely successful in attracting Bushfire and COVID funding support for regional events, and we cannot wait to cement the Scenic Rim's reputation as a region known for its vibrant tourism offerings and genuine visitor experiences."

Cr Christensen said smaller events, supported through council's Regional Event Grant Program, were also key to stimulating the Scenic Rim economy.

"Before COVID-19 forced the cancellation of many events, council supported the Kayak State Sprint Championships at Lake Wyaralong, the Summer Silhouette Sculptures and Sunday Session at Mt Barney Lodge and the Old School Carralbyn at Kooralbyn," he said.

"Once events started to open up again, council also provided funding support for the Lamington Eco Challenge, Scenic Rim Ultra, Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival and Pony Club QLD State Show Jumping Championships.

"Further to this council pledged support, through the Regional Events Grant Program, to Beaudesert Rock N Country, the Lost World Trail Festival, Scenic Rim Wedding Trail, The Gondwana Festival - Binna Burra Lodge re-opening (a component of the Great Gondwana Festival) and the Queensland Enduro Series - all of which have been postponed until 2021.

"Each of these events brings valuable visitor dollars to the Scenic Rim through overnight stays and spending in local shops, which in turn also helps to create jobs.

"Council is proud to provide funding support through its Regional Events Program, which operates in responsive rounds open all year. I encourage event organisers to apply."