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Friday, 3 August 2018

The 2018 Australian International Timber and Woodworking Festival, Wood Dust, has today received a huge boost with Member for Monaro John Barilaro announcing that $40,000 for this year’s event which will be held across Bungendore and Queanbeyan from 17 – 21 October.

Wood Dust is one of the first regional conferences to receive funds under the NSW Government’s Regional Conferencing Development Grants Program.

Mr Barilaro said the Grants Program, which is part of the $6 million NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan, provides investment into the regional visitor economy on a matched-dollar-for-dollar basis.

“I am delighted that Wood Dust will be receiving $40,000 to help attract more visitors to Bungendore, Queanbeyan and the broader Monaro region, which will boost our tourism industry and generate lucrative opportunities for our local providers,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Industry events such as Wood Dust not only boost overnight visitation but encourage more visitors to experience everything that’s on offer, from our local wineries, restaurants and cafes through to our natural attractions and spectacular scenery.”

“Home to the Wood Works Gallery and Café, Bungendore is renowned as a home for timber and woodworking enthusiasts, making the destination the perfect choice for Wood Dust.

“We look forward to welcoming first-time and returning visitors to our region for Wood Dust as a result of this NSW Government funding boost, which contributes to our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to NSW by 2020,” he said.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan, which was released last August, aims to grow and enhance NSW’s position as a world leading tourism and events destination.

“We want to make sure that our fantastic rural and regional hotels, restaurants and local attractions are welcoming visitors from far and wide all year round and this

Strategy and Action Plan ensures regional NSW is on the bookings radar for those planning their next conference or business event,” Mr Marshall said.

“Conferencing is worth around $140 million to the NSW regional economy and we’re committed to grow this number even further through our Regional Conferencing Development Grants Program. I congratulate the organisers of Wood Dust on their wonderful initiative.”

Wood Dust event organiser and Managing Director of Craft Media Australia, John Madden, said the event will define the Queanbeyan and Bungendore region as the woodworking capital of Australia, establishing Southern NSW as a must visit destination for woodworkers everywhere.

“We are on track to expect over 5000 visitors to the festival, with the 5 day festival including woodworking masterclasses, evening Q&A style lectures with international and Australian woodworking celebrities, and an axe throwing competition,” Mr Madden said.

“Exhibitors and organisers are very excited as we prepare for the upcoming event, which wouldn’t be possible without the support of John Barilaro and the NSW Government.”

Wood Dust runs from 17 – 21 October, with further information and a detailed program of events available at

For more information on the NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan, including the Grants Program, go to,