Funds for Coffs Vintage Transport event
The NSW Government has confirmed $15,000 in funding will go to support the development of a marketing plan for the next ‘Smoke on the Water’ Festival of Vintage Transport in Coffs Harbour in 2016.
Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said the inaugural Festival of Vintage Transport held in August this year was a fantastic community success.
“This year’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ festival over the August holiday weekend (28-31 August) attracted thousands of visitors to Coffs Harbour to enjoy steam train rides, flights on a DC-3, a visit to a replica pirate ship and a vintage car display.
“It’s a creative way to celebrate the many attractions and the history of Coffs Harbour and surrounds, and to leverage these assets to support the region’s important tourism economy.
“The funding we are announcing today will provide support to the community to help plan for even greater success for the event in 2016,” he said.
Andrew Fraser, Member for Coffs Harbour congratulated and thanked Mr Neil Manson and the Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail Committee for their outstanding work in creating the inaugural event.
“This Committee of a dozen or so Coffs locals together with volunteer support managed to pull out all the stops to deliver a fantastic community event in 2015.
“I’m delighted Government will support the Committee with funds to help develop a marketing plan for next year.
“Already the Committee has big plans to grow the ‘Smoke on the Water’ Festival of Vintage Transport into a flagship event for the Coffs Harbour region.
“For instance, it could potentially be part of a ‘Super September’ regional event series for Coffs which could also include the offshore superboats and the Buskers and Comedy Festival,” Mr Fraser concluded.