Shoalhaven bushfire grants worth a total $170,000 have been given to events which have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19.
The funds are from the $10 million Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, which was set up to support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire-affected regions.
The grants amounts for events are $70,000 for Meet me in the South Coast, $25,000 for the Big Country music festival, $25,000 for the South Coast Food and Wine Festival, $25,000 for the Fairgrounds Festival and $25,000 for the Burradise Festival. $25,000 had also been given to the Huskisson Triathlon which is on February 28, 2021 and has not been rescheduled.
Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips was happy to see the money going to the postponed events but said there was also projects the government could be funding now.
"I think now that money has been granted it's great, and it is needed to help support those events when they are rescheduled," she said.
"Obviously COVID has prolonged bushfire recovery but we are still going to need it to stimulate tourism in our area.
"It is unfortunate a lot of them are going to be rescheduled, but it doesn't take away from what the government should be doing which is stimulating infrastructure tourism projects - there is a number of projects right across the south coast that could go ahead."