By Stuart Kavanagh
In a welcome boost to the upcoming Broken Heel Festival, the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund has committed $110,266 to support pop-up accommodation on Jubilee during the event.
The funding will be used to assist with the set-up of a glamping site on Jubilee Oval, in conjunction with the racecourse, which will supply temporary campsites. This work will improve facilities to support up to 704 more attendees to the festival.
NSW Nationals Upper House Member Scott Barrett was at the festival’s home, The Palace Hotel, on Wednesday to make the announcement.
He pointed out that the funding would significantly boost the local economy because the town could then handle more visitors during the festival.
“More people coming to town means more people spending money in our local shops, cafes and businesses. Not just in Broken Hill either. All the towns and communities on the route here from Sydney will also see a boost,” the MP said.
“Events like this are so important to our regional towns, so in supporting and building a better regional NSW, we’re keen to see these festivals continue to grow, making them bigger and better than ever,” Mr Barrett added.
Palace Hotel owner Esther LaRovere said the grant would help cater for more guests than ever at the Broken Heel festival. Mrs LaRovere also encouraged people thinking of attending the festival to get along and, “see what all the fuss is about”.
Applications for round two of the Regional Events Acceleration Fund are now open until 5 pm Tuesday, October 4.
For information on program guidelines and eligibility criteria, head to: www.nsw.gov.au/REAFund