Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing MP says a $3,000 Andrews Labor Government grant to stage the fifth annual Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest will help showcase Gippsland to visitors from Victoria and beyond.

The funding, announced by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, will support the staging and marketing of the popular event, aimed at highlighting Walhalla’s unique appeal as a visitor experience.

The fifth annual Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest sees visitors travel to Walhalla at night to witness the amazing atmosphere. This year, the event pays homage to the classic film, The Sound of Music, on the 50th anniversary of its release. It will run from August 1 – 30.

The Labor Government has awarded Country Victoria Events Program grants across the state, encouraging small-scale events to engage local communities and attract both day and overnight visitors. A total of 19 grants have been awarded.

Regional Victoria’s impressive calendar of events are a key component of the state’s $10.9 billion regional economy, keeping visitor rates healthy and creating jobs for regional Victorians.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren

“Regional Victoria’s tourism stocks are strong under a Labor Government. We understand the crucial role it plays driving the local economy and creating jobs.”

“These grants are designed to help local communities showcase their strengths to visitors from around Victoria and beyond.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing MP

“The Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest is an eagerly anticipated event on the regional calendar. I encourage everyone to get along and visit Walhalla while the show is on.”

“Events like these keep our local economy strong. They bring visitors to our region, keeping our motels, shops and cafes busy – and that means jobs.”