Events Update

Waste Wise Events

Following Council's adoption of the Plasticwise Policy in 2018 we are looking at how festivals and events can be waste wise!

Say NO to:

  • Single-use Plastic Water Bottles
    Remind guests to bring their own water bottle and provide stations for attendees to fill them up. North East Water provide their water trailer to community events free of charge or they now have smaller units available that were manufactured locally by Meet PAT. Meet PAT’s water units are also available to hire or buy direct from the manufacturer. For more info check out their website. If you would still like to have water for sale consider shopping local by offering Billson’s still and sparkling water in a can.

  • Plastic Cutlery and Plates
    Great biodegradable and paper plates are now available to purchase or go one better and provide and wash reusable plates – eating off real plates is much nicer anyway. Depending on the event you could engage a local community group to wash the dishes for a donation or you could provide guests with the facilities to do it themselves.

  • Plastic Cups
    Offer your drinks in cans or glass wear, this glass wear (or reusable plastic ware) can be a souvenir piece for guests or you can charge a refundable bond for the use of it.

  • Single use Coffee Cups
    Our waste collection provider does not have the capability to correctly recycle or compost organic coffee cups, therefore the best option is to provide and wash coffee cups or ask attendees to bring their own cup.

  • Plastic Straws
    Paper straws are now available or remove straws altogether.
    Reusable metal stirring sticks are available to buy for mixed drinks too.

  • Plastic Bags
    Provide the option to buy or borrow reusable bags for your event, perhaps you even have a spare box they could use.

The key to nailing a Waste Wise event is to be transparent with your stakeholders, vendors and attendees from the beginning. Provide them with the reasoning for the move to be Waste Wise and be clear on how they can assist you to do so. Don’t forget to capture feedback from your attendees about the waste at the event and how they would like to see the event evolve to become Waste Wise.

Check in with the next Visitor Economy Update for more tips and tools you can use to make your event Waste Wise.



Event Organiser Reminders 

Regional Events Fund Round 9 Now Open

Round 9 of the Regional Events Fund is currently open.  

The statewide events funding program is highly competitive and only events that satisfy the objectives below are eligible to apply.

  • Increase economic benefits by driving visitation from outside of the region and the state and extending length of stay and yield.
  • Showcase Victoria’s key regional tourism strengths and build Victoria’s reputation as an events destination.
  • Help Victoria to develop a sustainable calendar of regional events.
  • Support Victoria’s visitor economy through economic benefits and branding opportunities.

If you have an event that you believe is eligible, you must discuss your event proposal with Indigo Shire Council and Tourism North East before submitting an Expression of interest. Expressions of Interest close 13 September 2019.

Other Grant Programs

Multicultural Festival and Events Grant Program
Round 2 is now open for Multicultural Festivals and Events held between January and June 2020


QANTAS Regional Grants
Up to $50,000 and flights on offer. Closes 30 August

Jetstar Flying Start Grants
Up to $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in flights, round 22 closes on 30 September 2019 

Australian Council for the Arts
Arts Projects – Organisations - $10,000 - $100,000
Closes 1 October 2019

Issimo Markets

Designed to streamline the process of booking stalls and vendors Issimo Markets allows vendors to book into your market in just minutes using their phone. This app asks vendors for how many sites, power points and all documentation before allowing them to pay securely straight to your account.

For more info on Issimo Markets head to

All Event Organisers Required to List Events with the Regional Emergency Services

AdobeStock_26123953.jpeg All event organisers have a responsibility to ensure that the regional emergency services are aware of your event. The avenue for notifying Regional Emergency Services is through an ATDW listing. Each week the ATDW list is sent to the regional emergency services so that they are aware of the huge number of events happening across the region. Particularly during the bushfire danger period, this notification is incredibly important for all events. 


Events season is about to launch and we are very excited to see all the amazing events coming through from ATDW. We are aiming to have a packed events calendar for the warmer months and this is powered by your listings. If you need any assistance with ATDW listings please contact Clare Rowland – Tourism Development Officer Industry and Events for more information.