2019/20 Budget - Council investing over $15 million on major events and the arts
Date published: 25 June 2019
Townsville City Council is investing over $15 million on delivering major events and supporting arts and culture in our community.
The investment includes Council delivering the inaugural North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA), continuing the successful Townsville Eats, Carols by Candlelight and many more events.
The $15 million also includes Budget allocations to operate CityLibraries Townsville and Townsville City Galleries.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said Council invests in major events and supporting arts and cultural programs because they attract visitors and boost the city’s economy.
“Townsville is cementing our city’s reputation as the events, arts and cultural capital of Northern Australia,” Cr Hill said.
“Putting on these major events – whether it’s NAFA or the Supercars – brings people into our city, provides a boost to businesses and creates jobs for locals.
“I’m very proud to continue Council’s significant investments in delivering major events and supporting arts and culture in our community.”
Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said NAFA included established events such as the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Strand Ephemera and the Festival of Stories.
“Winter is the best time to be in Townsville because our city comes alive with music, art and cultural events,” Cr Doyle said.
“Council’s continued investments in delivering major events and supporting arts and culture in our community will keep paying dividends for the local economy well into the future.
“I’m proud to be part of a team of Councillors that values the city’s arts and cultural industries so highly and continues to invest in them.”