Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Northern Victoria Region
Mr GEPP (Northern Victoria) (12:43:58) — My constituency question is to the Honourable John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events in the other place. Echuca, which is in my electorate of Northern Victoria Region, was host to the 19th Echuca‑Moama Winter Blues Festival in July this year, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor government’s Regional Events Fund. The festival was held over four days, with more than 50 of the country’s best blues musicians performing at a host of venues across Echuca and Moama, and it attracted up to 20 000 people. An event like this not only increases tourism to the Echuca region during the quietest time of the year but also supports local jobs and businesses. My question for the minister is: how is the Andrews Labor government providing support for the Echuca region to ensure it continues to grow as a tourist destination?