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Mayor Vicki Jellie with Moyjil to Merri Trail Run Race Director Dave McIntyre

Grant funding for 12 new Warrnambool events

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 27 May 2021

The Warrnambool City Council has provided $68,800 in funding to 12 brand-new events to enliven the city during the off-peak season.

Part of the funding for the Activate Warrnambool grants came from money set aside for the cancelled New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Warrnambool Mayor Vicki Jellie said that the aim of the Activate Warrnambool grants was to diversify the city’s events calendar and provide more experiences outside of the summer months.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the grant recipients for putting their hands up and playing their part in creating a vibrant city,” she said.

“There’s more to do in Warrnambool in winter than just wait for the whales.

“Many businesses are still recovering from 2020, and while a busy summer certainly helped, we need to continue to create new opportunities,” she said.

“Having exciting things to do for locals is important too, and an exciting events calendar plays a big role in the liveability of any city.”

The Moyjil to Merri Trail Run was one of the dozen events to secure Activate Warrnambool grant funding, with Race Director Dave McIntyre saying that without the grant, the event wouldn’t be possible.

“In this environment, a new event is a big risk, but with a bit of backing you can plan with some confidence,” he said.

“We’ll have 10km, 20km and 30km events. We might even have a 5km, we’re still finalising all of the planning.

“It will be good for casual runners looking for a race to build towards as well as more serious runners to test themselves.”

Funded events:

Warrnambool Storytelling Festival June / July 
Men's Mateship Retreat by Grab Life By The Balls August
Winter Concert Series by Raglan Presents June / July
Warrnambool School of Art - Creative Weekend Escapes Year long
4 Wide Unwired Music Festival August
Warrnambool Show Grounds Committee - Warrnambool Rodeo December
Find Your Voice Choir presents From All Angles August
Physipole State Competition November 
Moyjil to Merri Dirty 30 Trail Run  October 
Brophy Family & Youth Services presents - Warrnambool Youth Fest June / July 
Speakeasy Event Series  September / October
The F Project - The Fabric of Life Festival  November


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