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Annual report 2003 - 2004



Annual report 2003 - 2004

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Department of the Chief Minister


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54 DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER O U TP U T G R O U P S SUPPORT FOR TERRITORY EVENTS OVERVIEW The Government, through the Major Events Company, continues to support a number of high profile events and activities through grants and sponsorship as well as providing support to community based organisations for activities that provide benefits to the community as a whole. HIGHLIGHTS V8 Supercars: the Territory's Round continues to establish itself as a premier event on the Territory and national sports calendar. The Darwin race offers perfect weather, excellent organisation, enthusiastic crowds and a great track from which to view the event. Finke Desert Race: the Finke has built a compelling reputation since the inaugural event was held in 1976, and is regarded as Australias most famous desert race. The Finke is run over three days of the Queens Birthday long weekend in June and attracts more than 400 competitors, bikes and buggies. The Finke is Alice Spring's largest annual event. Government committed $650 000 for the relocation of the start / finish line including major headworks. The Central Australia Mountain Bike Challenge: the second Bike Challenge was conducted in March. The event was run in and around Alice Springs over five days and attracted 70 competitors from Australia and overseas. BASSINTHEGRASS: the promotion of these two major music events in Alice Springs and Darwin was a highlight on the Territory's events calendar. The concerts addressed the desire to provide the Territory's young population with a large scale music concert in each region reminiscent of a southern 'Big Day Out' activity. 25 Years of Self-Government: celebrations to mark 25 years of Self-Government in the Territory began on 1 July 2003 and continued throughout the year. A program called Your Territory, Celebrating the Past, Building the Future embraced existing events and programs as well as supporting new community-based activities designed to strengthen community spirit and pride. A total of 53 'Your Territory' grant applications from Darwin, East Arnhem, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs were successful. Your Territory grants totalled $205 490. STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE Preserving and building a socially cohesive Territory NATURE OF CONTRIBUTION Support for individuals and organisations through grants and sponsorship to develop a range of activities and events to celebrate the Territory lifestyle.

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