Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said a grant of $10,000 will get the wheels rolling for this year’s Tamworth Festival of Cycling.

Mr Anderson said $10,000 from the NSW Government’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund offers seed funding for events in the first or second year of activity. 

“We want to assist rural and regional events in their first or second year to grow attendance and boost the local visitor economy.

“Whether it’s our Country Music Festival or an event at the Equine and Livestock Centre, food and wine events or music and sporting festivals, events like the Festival of Cycling will play an important role in driving additional overnight visitation to our region.

“The Festival of Cycling is a fantastic way to fuel our local economy by putting more heads on hotel beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques, and I am delighted this event will benefit from this funding support.

“This region has produced many regional, national and international class cyclists.

“Every morning you can find individuals, pairs or small pelotons of cyclists riding in the pursuit of the sport they love,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Tamworth Cycling club president Min McDonald said the Festival will be held on 1st and 2nd September with two full days of events.

“We’ll have a hill climb up Oxley Lookout and a criterion in the business district of Tamworth.

“Then the next day we’ll have the Nemingha to Nundle handicap race as well as a 100 kilometre Gran Fondo [Italian for ‘big ride’] for those who don’t want to race, but would like to challenge themselves. 

“We’re grateful for Kevin Anderson who we know works hard advocating on behalf of the Club to make good things happen, Ms McDonald said.

The Incubator Event Fund offers one-off grants of up to $20,000 to those staging an event for the first or second time to fund elements such as staging, venue hire, research, marketing and publicity activities. 

For more information on the Program, go to www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep.

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