Wyong Council Endorses $80,000 in Sponsorship Funding #CentralCoast

WSC Media Release

26 August 2015

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Wyong Shire Council has endorsed almost $80,000 in sponsorship funding for the next two years to support a diverse range of arts, cultural events, festivals, recreation and community development programs.

Council’s Mayor Doug Eaton OAM said the sponsorship program has been created to encourage initiatives – events or programs – that will help build and strengthen the Shire’s reputation as a great place to live, work and visit.

“We want more visitors, more spending by visitors and more local businesses to succeed from increased economic activity.  And we want locals to benefit from any sponsored initiatives through social inclusion and participation,” Mayor Eaton said.

“This investment in sponsorship together with strong promotion of the Shire and an exciting calendar of events will all contribute to driving visitors and jobs into our region.”

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Council’s Mayor Doug Eaton OAM

“That is why we are keen on establishing a marketing and promotion board for the Shire to ensure we are attracting the right events in the right places in the Shire and really getting bang for our buck.”

Council’s Tourism and Marketing Officer, Ms Myra Lowe said this year’s eight successful sponsorship applications include tourism, sporting and community conscious initiatives that promote the potential of a range of locations and businesses around the Shire covering the well-known, the underutilised and the new.

“Many of the initiatives that have been awarded sponsorship funding this year are passion projects, such the Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix to be held in Ourimbah and a vibrant Long Jetty Street Festival, organised by mainly local businesses to celebrate the thriving Long Jetty community,” Ms Lowe said.

“We want to help nudge their initiatives to the next level and encourage others who may have great ideas that activate our area to give it a go and let us know about it when they do so that Council can help where ever possible.”

Other initiatives awarded sponsorship include Coastal Chic –  an online Central Coast specific marketing platform and the Take a Stroke for Stroke Golf Competition a national golf competition with the final to be held in Wyong Shire.

The full list of sponsorship recipients and amounts are as follows:

  • Long Jetty Street Festival – $5000
  • Mingara Orchid Festival – $2500
  • Sculptures on the Green – $5000 ($2500 each year for next two years)
  • Sundays at the Old School – $5000 ($2500 each year for next two years)
  • Take a stroke for stroke – $12,500 ($7500 in 2015-16 and $5000 in 2016-17)
  • Shimano Mountain Bike Grand Prix – $10,000 ($5000 in each of next two years)
  • Wyong Triathlon – $27,000 ($15,000 for 20105-16 and $12,000 in 2016-17)
  • Coastal Chic – $10,000 ($5000 for each of the next two years)

Expressions of Interest for the next round of Sponsorship funding for 2016/17 will be open between 14 September and 26 October 2015 for businesses, sole traders and government agencies to apply.

For more information go to www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/sponsorship