Tourism grants approved

Ballarat City Council Council has approved a one-year $3000 Tourism Event Grant to the Model A Ford Club of Victoria for the 26th Model A Ford National Meet event to be held in Ballarat from 6 to 13 September 2020.

The Model A event is organised by the Model A Club of Victoria, which expects to attract over 200 entrants for seven days from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

The event aims to gather Model A vehicles, and those interested in them, for a week of activities devoted to preservation, restoration, driving, social and public engagement.

The event has been held biennially around Australia by state-based Model A clubs since the 1970’s.

The objectives of the event are to:

• celebrate and encourage the preservation and use of the vintage Model A Ford cars and trucks manufactured between 1928 – 1931

• recognise their important place in motoring and social heritage

• present the vehicles to the current generation by active use, fun and engagement.

The general public will be free to attend the Saturday Public Car Show, which will enlist the support of the Vintage and Classic Car Club Ballarat and be held at Morshead Park.

Council also approved a one-year $5,000 Tourism Event Grant to the Ballarat Badminton Association for the Oceania Badminton Championships 2020 to be held in Ballarat from 6 to 14 February 2020.

The Oceania Championships are organised by the Ballarat Badminton Association Inc., which will see 700 competitors from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region vying for valuable Tokyo 2020 Olympic ranking points.

The Oceania Championships is an annual event rotated through venues in the Oceania region.

The event planned for Ballarat includes a training camp for developing countries, a team event, and an individual tournament featuring men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. The Ballarat Association is also waiting for confirmation Para Badminton will also be included.

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