Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced that a new conference in Junee, Bulk Freight Futures, will receive funds under the NSW Government’s Regional Business Event Development Fund, which aims to attract more business event visitors into rural and regional areas across the State.

Ms Cooke said the Fund is part of the $6 million NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan and provides investment into the regional visitor economy on a matched-dollar-for-dollar basis.

“We are constantly looking to attract great conferences to our spectacular corner of NSW and I am delighted to announce that the rail and freight industry will convene in Junee with help from a $10,000 NSW Government grant,” Ms Cooke said.  

“The regional conferencing sector presents a significant growth opportunity for the Cootamundra electorate, because we know that events generate extra business for our restaurants, attractions and accommodation providers, all driving the local economy and creating jobs.”

The event will be held in June this year at the Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club, with the final date and program to be announced soon.

Junee Shire Council Director of Community and Business Grant Johnson said the conference is expected to attract visitors from interstate and outside of the region.

“The $10,000 grant will fund a dinner after the event to encourage visitors to the conference to stay overnight in Junee and really get a taste of what our town has to offer,” Mr Johnson said.

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is managed and administered by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. For more information on the Fund, go to www.meetinnsw.com.au.