Two popular CQ events successful in Queensland event funding

From casting a line to pounding the pavement, two major Central Queensland events have been recognised in the latest round of funding from Queensland’s Destination Events Program (QDEP).

Both the Yeppoon Running Festival and Fitzroy River Barra Bash have received cash injections of $14,500 and $20,000 respectively to support the delivery of their exciting events, which entice greater visitation to the region and provide significant economic benefits to the tourism industry.

Despite the ongoing challenges presented with COVID, and the cancellation of many key occasions over the past 18 months, Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll is grateful for the support of state government in assisting to keep the region’s signature events afloat.

“Capricorn Enterprise reviews all applications under the program and works with event organisers to ensure the best opportunity for funding success,” Mary said.

“These two events encourage visitors to stay and play longer in the destination and inject crucial tourism dollars into restaurants, retailers, tours and attractions.”

Now in its fifth year, the Yeppoon Running Festival welcomes more than 700 competitors to take on one of Australia’s most scenic running competitions along the stunning Capricorn Coast.

Tipped as one of the fastest regional races in Queensland offering a half marathon, along with 10, 5 and 1.6 kilometre options, the Yeppoon Running Festival is set to take place on 11th and 12th September.

The Fitzroy River Barra Bash, scheduled to take place from 27th – 31st October, offers all Fisherman the opportunity to compete in an array of events including a Family Fun Day, offering all “fish-loving fams” the only excuse they need to get out on the water and cast a line!

With a catchment covering 142,665 square kilometers (55,083 sq mi), the Fitzroy River is the largest river catchment flowing to the eastern coast of Australia.

“Major events such as these are not only major drawcards for sport lovers to take part in a competitive adventure, but also enables these visitors to explore and experience our destination and holiday in one of the best locations in Queensland,” Mary said.

The Queensland Destination Events Program has supported 432 event and delivered more than $13.2 in funding since 2015.

The Yeppoon Running Festival and Fitzroy River Barra Bash were amongst 22 successful applications in this round which provided a combined $374,500 in funding.

For more information or details of other events warming up the second half of 2021, visit

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