Tourism Whitsundays' Kylie Rogerson and Natasha Wheeler with Luke McCaul form Abell Point Marina, member for Dawson George Christensen and mayor Andrew Willcox at the Federal Government's Clipper funding announcement.
Tourism Whitsundays' Kylie Rogerson and Natasha Wheeler with Luke McCaul form Abell Point Marina, member for Dawson George Christensen and mayor Andrew Willcox at the Federal Government's Clipper funding announcement. Peter Carruthers

Federal Government kicks in for up-coming Whitsunday Clipper Carnival

MAYOR Andrew Willcox - following a Category D funding face-off between the State and Federal Government - has welcomed a collaborative funding effort from all levels of government to facilitate the running of the Whitsunday Clipper Carnival in Airlie Beach next January.

Today the member for Dawson, George Christensen announced his Liberal National Government would kick in $200,000 which adds to a funding pool set up by Tourism Events Queensland, Abell Point Marina, the Whitsunday Regional Council and Tourism Whitsundays.

"This carnival is all about showcasing the Whitsundays through hosting the final destination for the 11-month Clipper Round the World Yacht Race," Mr Christensen said.

"Whitsunday Regional Council will throw a week-long celebration to welcome what could be an extra 4000 visitors to the region. There will be both national and international exposure for the beautiful Whitsundays, as well as activities the local community can be involved in."

The Whitsunday Regional Council will contribute $50,000, together Abell Point Marina and Tourism Whitsundays will add $50,000 and the State Government is offering $100,000.

In total $400,000 will be available to stage events across the Whitsundays including a long lunch on Whitehaven Beach, a rodeo in Bowen and a "large scale community welcome event".

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox welcomed the announcement.

"Hosting the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in the Whitsundays is a massive coup for our region," Cr Willcox said.

"This support from the Federal Government will allow Airlie Beach to host the final Australian leg of the race and give skippers, international crews and supporters the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Whitsunday region."

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Building Better Regions Fund Community Investment Stream was investing $6.9 million in community projects throughout regional Australia.

"I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to. This project will help to do that."

In January, 12 70-foot ocean-going race yachts will dock at the Abell Point Marina completing the Australian leg of a 11 month global odyssey taking in six continents and covering 40,000 nautical miles.


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