Event funding and sponsorship

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The Tweed is a dynamic and diverse community with many exciting festivals and special events held each year, along with a range of markets.

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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 Sponsorship funding

Council, at its meeting of 7 September 2023, resolved to allocate support to 16 events under the 2023-2024 Events Sponsorship funding round.

The Events Sponsorship funding offers financial assistance to event organisers with the aim to support, develop, attract, and grow events that showcase the Tweed’s unique characteristics, and build our community to be a great place to live and visit.

A total of $89,450 has been allocated, as follows:

Event name Date Location Applicant Amount sponsored
Bowls Queensland 3-4 November 2023 Club Tweed, Tweed Heads Bowls Queensland $2,000
Murwillumbah Show 3-4 November 2023 Murwillumbah Showground Tweed River Agricultural Society Ltd $7,700
Kids in Need Dragon Boat Festival 5 November 2023 Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads Kids in Need Association Inc. $1,500
Annual Orchid Fair and Show 3-5 November 2023 Tweed Heads Civic Centre Tweed District Orchid Society $3,000
Kingscliff Triathlon 26 November 2023 & 24 March 2024 Kingscliff NX Sports Community Foundation $4,250 (across 2 events)
Carols by the Coast 2023 12 December 2023 Rowan Robinson Park, Kingscliff Lions Club of Kingscliff $2,300
White Claw Christmas Race Day 15 December 2023 Murwillumbah Racecourse Tweed River Jockey Club $2,500
Tweed Coast Pro 9-15 February 2024 Lions Park, Norries Cove, Cabarita Headland World Surf League $10,000
Tweed Coast Enduro 24-25 February 2024 Pottsville NX Sports Community Foundation $4,700
Murwillumbah Arts Trail 24-26 May 2024 Murwillumbah and surrounding villages Creative Caldera Inc. $10,000
The Kinship Festival 25 May 2024 Knox Park, Murwillumbah Murwillumbah Community Centre Inc. $15,000
Seas the Day Women's Surf Festival 25-26 May 2024 Rowan Robinson Park and Kingscliff Beach, Kingscliff Surfing Australia $10,000
HCCA 8th International Tour - Tweed Valley 26 May - 1 June 2024 Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads and Tweed Valley Horseless Carriage Club of America - South Eastern Australia Region $2,500
World Environment Day June 2024 Knox Park, Murwillumbah Caldera Environment Centre $5,000
Head of the Tweed (HoTT) 9 June 2024 Chinderah, Murwillumbah Murwillumbah Rowing Club $1,500

The 2024-2025 Events Sponsorship funding round will open in June 2024.

For further information please contact Kerrie McConnell on 02 6670 2735 or email events@tweed.nsw.gov.au.

Succeed in the Tweed - Event workshops

Council delivers free workshops to community event organisers to provide:

  • organisational and planning tips for your event
  • an opportunity hear from guest speakers
  • professional development and training
  • networking opportunities.

Next event workshop

Event workshops have currently been suspended.

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Events Strategy

The Tweed Shire Events Strategy 2016-2020 (2021) 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.

With the event industry significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, Council determined at its meeting 3 December 2020 to extend the Strategy for a period of one year until December 2021.

Council has recently contracted an organisation to set Council’s event direction (for the next four years) by aligning the destination’s position on events with the desires of the community, with an anticipated adoption date of a new Strategy in early 2022. 

Tweed Shire Events Strategy 2016 to 2020 (2021)(PDF, 2MB)

Events Sponsorship Policy

The Events Sponsorship Policy(PDF, 181KB) provides a framework for Council to offer financial assistance to event organisers to develop, host and grow festivals and events in the Tweed Shire in accordance with the actions outlined in the Tweed Shire Events Strategy 2016-2020, adopted by Council on 18 February 2016, and extended for a period of one year until December 2021.