THE Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is securing the future of Wagga Wagga’s much-loved multicultural Fusion Festival by funding a strategic plan for the festival’s redevelopment.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said this spectacular multi-cultural event is growing by the year, bringing people together with food, dance and art.   

“Fusion Festival 2018 was a tremendous success, celebrating Wagga’s abundance of diverse cultures, bringing visitors to the region and with it greater turnover for local businesses,” Mr McCormack said.

“With the development of this sustainability plan, researching the festival’s past years, consulting local stakeholders and developing an implementation plan, the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is investing in the long-term future and cultural life of Wagga Wagga.

“We look forward to seeing the study’s results when it is launched in late April and working towards making the Fusion Festival a permanent fixture of Wagga Wagga’s calendar.

“These festivals bring people together in more ways than one – not only do they promote the diverse cultures and businesses of our region but they also promote acceptance and understanding of different cultural backgrounds.”

The $18,400 Fusion Sustainability Strategy is funded under the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Building Better Regions Fund. This is a $641 million investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

Shane Manning