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The spotlight is well and truly shining on events as a valuable way to enrich our sense of place and create economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits. The Tweed is a dynamic and diverse community with many exciting festivals and special events held each year. Council wants to support, develop and attract events that are fitting to the character and aspirations of the region and in doing so, become one of Australia's most sought after locations of innovative, beneficial and integrated boutique events.

Events Strategy

Luminair Consulting (Luminair) was engaged in early 2015 to assist Council with the creation of a new multi-year Events Strategy, in accordance with Direction 37 of the Tweed Shire Economic Development Strategy. The Tweed Shire Events Strategy 2016-2020 (adopted at Council's meeting 18 February 2016) aims to provide a framework to assist the community and Council to develop and support festivals and events in the Tweed. The strategy supports existing events, encourages development and sets the framework for attracting desirable events for strategic benefit.

Tweed Shire Events Strategy 2016-2020 (2.37mB PDF)

Events Sponsorship Policy (formerly Festivals and Events Policy)

On 21 July 2016, Council resolved to adopt the Events Sponsorship Policy. This Policy replaces the Festivals and Events Policy, Version 1.1.

The process of providing both financial assistance and in kind support to event organisers has been reviewed in accordance with the actions outlined in the Tweed Shire Events Strategy 2016-2020, adopted by Council on 18 February 2016.

As Council undergoes a period of transition in relation to its event processes there will be changes in the next 12 months with regard to what Policy applies to applicants requesting financial assistance for events. Therefore the Events Sponsorship Policy will be reviewed in conjunction with the Community Sponsorship Policy early in 2017, with any recommended Policy changes being submitted to Council.

Events Sponsorship Policy (73kB PDF)

For more information on the Community Sponsorship Policy refer Grants and Funding.

Events Sponsorship Applications (formerly Festivals and Events funding) 2016/2017

Applications for 2016/2017 funding closed in June 2016. For event organisers seeking financial assistance to develop, host and grow festivals and events in the Tweed Shire, applications for 2017/2018 funding will open after the review of the Tweed Shire Events Strategy in February 2017.

Applicants are requested to refer to the Events Sponsorship Policy (above), and the Events Sponsorship Guidelines (below), before completing the Events Sponsorship Application form.

Events Sponsorship Guidelines (72kB PDF)

In Kind Assistance

Council can provide limited in kind equipment such as traffic barriers and cones through its Works Unit. The equipment must be applied for on the application form below in advance of the event and is subject to letter and conditions of agreement. There is no cost if picked up and returned to Council's depot as per the agreement.

Application for Council in Kind Support of Events (130kB PDF)

Event Workshops

Community Events Workshops are an initiative of the Events Strategy 2011-2016 and are held quarterly. They aim to deliver professional development training for community event organisers in the Tweed Shire and are free to attend. All workshops are advertised in the Tweed Link. The Workshops are an opportunity to find out about how Council can assist you with your event and feature guest speakers and practical sessions on how to organise different aspects of your event. It is also a great opportunity to meet and network with other event organisers in the Tweed.

Next Events Workshop

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Topic: Events Strategy 2016 - 2020

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Tweed Shire Events Strategy 2016-2020 (2.37mB PDF)

Understand how Council manages Corporate Sponsorship (88kB PDF)

Understand alternative funding options

Apply for a permit to hold a small event in a park

Hire a community building

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Last Updated: 27 October 2016