The Future of the Stawell Gift has been secured thanks to State Government
The future of the Stawell Gift – Australia’s oldest and most prestigious professional footrace – has been secured thanks to a community support package delivered by the Andrews Labor Government.
The $1.22 million, four-year package will underwrite the growth of the iconic central Victorian athletics carnival until at least 2023.
Prize money will be maintained, including $40,000 for the winners of both the men’s and women’s gifts, and that certainty has enabled the broadcast agreement with Channel Seven to be confirmed for the next three years while making the event more attractive to potential sponsors.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today announced the new partnership to manage the Gift, which brings together the Government, the Northern Grampians Shire Council and the Stawell Athletic Club.
The Northern Grampians Shire Council will contribute $150,000 plus annual in-kind support to ensure that the race venue, Central Park, is able to cater for the large crowds that flock to Stawell each Easter.
Mr Pakula thanked the local community, the Northern Grampians Shire Council, the Stawell Athletic Club and the Victorian Athletic League for their constructive approach to a sometimes difficult set of discussions.
The Labor Government has invested more than $700,000 over the past four years to support the Gift, which attracts visitors from around Australia and provides an important boost for business and jobs across the region.