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Lifeline for major events in NSW

A lifeline has been thrown to the organisers of major events in NSW who have been severely impacted by the COVID public health orders.

Lifeline for major events in NSW
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The NSW government has offered a new pool of funding through Event Saver Fund that will help organisers of these events to be able to pay suppliers, staff and recover other costs where an event is cancelled or significantly disrupted as a result of public health orders imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said major events are a key economic driver that create thousands of jobs across the state.

“The Event Saver Fund will ensure that organisers aren’t left high and dry as we work through this latest phase of the pandemic and sends a strong signal that the Government is here to support business,” Mr Perrottet said.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the funding was recognition of the important impact major events have on driving tourism as well as on the broader NSW economy.

“Festivals and major events are huge drawcards and they have been significantly disrupted by the latest Omicron wave of COVID-19,” Mr Kean said.

“It is vital we provide them the support they need when their event is impacted by a Public Health Order. That is exactly what this funding commitment does.”

The Minister for the Arts, Ben Franklin, said while the pandemic has had a devastating effect on artists’ ability to perform live, Tuesday’s (18 January) announcement shows the government’s strong commitment to the arts.

“Major events provide tremendous social benefits to the community, bringing us together to enjoy live performances,” Mr Franklin said. “As we look to rebound from the effects of the past two years, this funding will help support local jobs and ensure major event organisers can plan with confidence to safely deliver their events in 2022/23.”

For more information and to apply for funding, visit www.create.nsw.gov.au

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