Pyrenees Shire Council today received a $15,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Plan for the Pyrenees Unearthed Festival.
The announcement was made in Avoca today by Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, Colin Brooks.
“The wine industry is the biggest employer in the Pyrenees Shire and promoting the quality wines of the region will contribute to long-term economic growth in the region,” Mr Brooks said.
Mr Brooks said the Andrews Government recognised the importance of the wine industry to the Pyrenees Shire and Western Victoria.
“The wine industry is a huge employer in towns like Avoca and Moonambel and we are delighted to be supporting the promotion of local wines through Pyrenees Unearthed,” Mr Brooks said.
The Pyrenees Unearthed festival will be held over the Anzac Day weekend and will be a full scale festival which includes a number of components.
The Avoca Wine Festival, cellar door experiences, the Avoca Art Exhibition, the Artists Award Gala, Mount Mitchell Estate Open Garden, the Avoca Riverside Market and the Bonfire Bash all form part of Pyrenees Unearthed.
Monday 25th will see the ANZAC Day Dawn Service held at the Cenotaph in High Street Avoca and a day’s country racing, the Jayco ANZAC Day races will complete the festival with traditional ANZAC Day activities.
Andrew Koerner, President of the Pyrenees Grapegrowers and Winemakers Association Inc (PGW) welcomed the funding for the Pyrenees Unearthed - Avoca Wine Festival.
Mr Koerner said that the Association, with the support of Pyrenees Shire Council, had decided to make this their signature event.
“Funding from the Victorian Government will assist Pyrenees Grapegrowers market and promote the event to attract wine lovers from regional, metropolitan and local areas,” Mr Koerner said.
The $15,000 funding is being provided through the Victorian Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Plan which aims to support rural and regional towns investing in community-led initiatives and partnerships that enhance the conditions for economic growth.
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