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Fireworks funding used to inspire new off-peak events

Money from Warrnambool’s cancelled New Year’s Eve fireworks display is being redirected to fund new community events and aid in the COVID-19 recovery of the local economy.

Applications for the Activate Warrnambool Grants are now open, with small to medium events able to apply for up to $5000 while large festivals and events can apply for up to $10,000.

Warrnambool Mayor Cr Vicki Jellie said that Council was committed to supporting a broad calendar of events, especially during the quieter months of the year.

“Spending data shows that last summer was even busier than the one before, which is just what our local businesses needed after a devastating 2020 for so many,” Cr Jellie said.

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“As well as helping the local economy and attracting visitors, a diverse and vibrant events calendar is just as important for locals and the liveability of our city"

“If you’ve got an idea for a great new event for the city, and you’ve got the passion and the skills to make it happen, we want to hear from you".

Events can be held between May and November 2021, with the aim of encouraging more visitors to Warrnambool, increasing local spending and creating memorable experiences for locals.

The $77,000 program is part of Council's COVID-19 support program, and includes the $22,000 originally earmarked for the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

For more information, eligibility criteria, and to apply, visit, Applications close on Monday April 19.

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