Enigma Newcastle Managing Director Peter Chapman, Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen and Newcastle Yacht Club CEO Paul O’Rourke on-board Sydney to Hobart race yacht ‘Mako’.
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Council gives local events and projects a $1.1million shot in the arm

Fifteen projects, aimed at driving traffic into the city centre and Darby Street have been awarded a total of $930,000 in funding from the City of Newcastle.

The funding recipients were announced on Tuesday along with 16 events and activations that will share in $177,000 from Council’s Event Sponsorship program.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the funding would help bolster Newcastle’s reputation as a destination city.

“Not only will businesses stand to reap substantial economic gains from the unique and engaging events and activities funded, the projects will breathe life into the city centre and encourage people to spend locally,” he said.

“COVID-19 has caused major disruption to the city’s vibrant event calendar, so it’s heartening to see this financial boost go towards reinvigorating COVID-safe sporting, cultural and entertainment events that will attract visitors to Newcastle.”

One such event, the Sailfest Newcastle Regatta was one of the 16 events to receive financial support under the Event Sponsorship program and Newcastle Yacht Club CEO Paul O’Rourke welcomed Tuesday’s funding announcement.

“We are grateful to receive financial support that enables us to continue this event in 2021.  Sailfest brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate the sport of sailing and enjoy the beauty of our harbour,” he said.

Projects to recieve funding under the Special Business Rate program include:

Live Spots  – a city-wide initiative to establish live music ‘spots’.
Creative Newcastle - A project to bolster Newcastle’s arts, business and night-time economy sector, through digital development, data collation, promotion and events.  
City Lights for Social Change - A permanent lighting array for Civic Park.
Discover Newcastle Mobile Adventures - An app-based treasure hunt game designed to bring families, tourists, school and social groups into the city centre.
Made In Newcastle - A city-wide undertaking in collaboration with local businesses, regional tourism, and the arts community to run a series of events over 2020 – 2021. 
Newcastle Food Month - A month-long project promoting Newcastle’s vibrant food culture.
Archaeology Alive Walking Tour - Showcasing archaeological excavations undertaken in Newcastle and Darby Street, and delivered through the City of Newcastle App.  
UP&UP Street Art Workshops – Create Your Space - Will activate Wheeler Place with interactive street art workshops and live painting exhibitions during the New Annual Festival in February 2021.  
Christmas in the City– will activate spaces in the City Centre and Darby Street, attracting people to the areas prior to Christmas and encourage people to spend at local businesses.
The Little Green - A celebration of nature, music, giving and community in the form of a space-making installation in the Hunter Street Mall.
Chalk the Walk, Newcastle - 3D artwork trail in key City Centre and Darby Street outdoor locations. 
“Created in Newcastle” by The Real Film Festival 2020 - will deliver new ways of reconnecting film, arts and culture across city precinct businesses to strengthen the Newcastle business sector. 
Open House Newcastle - An immersive installation, to be located at the old Newcastle Station, inviting the community to walk through spaces entirely created by, and using local retailer products. 
Makers & Traders Newcastle– “Project 360” will use virtual tours and podcasts to highlight Newcastle’s creative offerings, encouraging bookings, sales and connection through an integrated checkout.  A Treasure Map will make navigation easier for visitors and locals alike. 

Projects to be awarded sponsorship funding include: Surfing The Spectrum; the Australian Walking & Cycling Conference, Sailfest, Bloody Long Walk, Celebration of Cricket, Newcastle Comedy Festival, King of Concrete, Junior Theatre Australia; Newcastle Show; New Run; and Newcastle Beer Fest.

























 

City of Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the funding will help activate public spaces and strengthen the city’s reputation as a destination for tourism, business and events.  

“Not only will businesses stand to reap substantial economic gains from the unique and engaging events and activities funded, the projects will breathe life into the city centre and encourage people to spend locally.” 

Fifteen projects that promote, beautify and develop the City Centre and Darby Street have shared in a pool more than $930,000 under the Special Business Program, while a further 16 events and activations have received $177,000 from the Event Sponsorship Program.  

City of Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the funding will help activate public spaces and strengthen the city’s reputation as a destination for tourism, business and events.  

“Not only will businesses stand to reap substantial economic gains from the unique and engaging events and activities funded, the projects will breathe life into the city centre and encourage people to spend locally.” 

“These funding programs are more important than ever in the wake of COVID-19 and its unprecedented economic and social impacts on our community. 

“COVID-19 has caused major disruption to the city’s vibrant event calendar, so it’s heartening to see this financial boost go towards reinvigorating COVID-safe sporting, cultural and entertainment events that will attract visitors to Newcastle.” 

After a cancelled 2020 event due to COVID-19 restrictions, Newcastle’s Sailfest will be back for a special regatta on the harbour and celebration of all things sailing in April next year. 

“Newcastle Harbour provides a perfect stage for people on the Foreshore to see everything from Olympic-class boats in action through to model yacht racing,” Newcastle Yacht Club CEO Paul O’Rourke said. 

“We are grateful to receive financial support that enables us to continue this event in 2021.  Sailfest brings together people from all walks of life to celebrate the sport of sailing and enjoy the beauty of our harbour.” 

Festive cheer will sweep the city centre in December with a life-size Christmas tree maze set to pop up in Civic Park and Santa flying in from the North Pole for a week of free family photos.  

“Local businesses will be hoping for a strong Christmas trade to see off what has been a tough year for the retail and hospitality sectors.  By providing fun, playful and free family activities in the City Centre we’re expecting a positive flow on effect to our unique hospitality and retail traders while also providing jobs for people working in the events and entertainment sector,” Enigma Newcastle Managing Director Peter Chapman said.

Picture caption: Enigma Newcastle Managing Director Peter Chapman, Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen and Newcastle Yacht Club CEO Paul O’Rourke on-board Sydney to Hobart race yacht ‘Mako’.

SPECIAL BUSINESS RATE FUNDED PROJECTS 

Live Spots – City-wide initiative to establish live music ‘spots’, creating ambiance and passer-by entertainment for business precincts; creating income and promotion opportunities for local musicians.   

Creative Newcastle – An ambitious project to bolster Newcastle’s arts, business and night-time economy sector, through digital development, data collation, promotion and events.  

City Lights for Social Change - Permanent lighting array for Civic Park creating a spectacular lightscape to attract people to walk from and through Hunter and King Street, Civic Park to Darby Street.  

Discover Newcastle Mobile Adventures - A digital app-based treasure hunt game designed to bring families, tourists, school and social groups into the city centre and promote foot traffic to different landmarks and highlights of the city’s business precinct.  

Made In Newcastle - A city-wide undertaking in collaboration with local businesses, regional tourism, and Newcastle’s vibrant arts community to run a series of events over many months in 2020 – 2021. 

Newcastle Food Month - month-long project promoting what makes Newcastle and the surrounding precincts a gastronomic playground.  

Archaeology Alive Walking Tour - showcasing archaeological excavations undertaken in the Newcastle and Darby Street SBR area, and delivered through the City of Newcastle App.  

UP&UP Street Art Workshops – Create Your Space - will activate Wheeler Place with interactive street art workshops and live painting exhibitions during the New Annual Festival in February 2021.  

Christmas in the City– will activate spaces in the City Centre and Darby St, attracting people to the areas prior to Christmas and encourage people to spend at local businesses 

The Little Green - is a celebration of nature, music, giving and community in the form of a space-making installation in the Hunter Street Mall area.  

Newcastle Food Month Marketing Campaign – HUNTERhunter in collaboration with the Newcastle Food Month, will undertake a 3-month multi-faceted digital and traditional media campaign to promote the Newcastle Food Month Festival. 

Chalk the Walk, Newcastle - 3D artwork trail in key City Centre and Darby Street outdoor locations. 

“Created in Newcastle” by The Real Film Festival 2020 - will deliver new ways of reconnecting film, arts and culture across city precinct businesses to strengthen the Newcastle business sector. 

Open House Newcastle - is an immersive installation, to be located at the old Newcastle Station, inviting the community to walk through spaces entirely created by, and using local retailer products. 

Makers & Traders Newcastle– “Project 360” will use virtual tours and podcasts to enable visitors and locals to experience Newcastle’s creative offering; encouraging bookings, sales and connection through an integrated checkout.  A beautifully designed Treasure Map will make the navigation of creative opportunities and experiences easier for visitors and locals alike. 

Written by Newcastle Live

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