THE State Government has signed a three year deal to fund the Mandurah Crabfest until 2021.
The festival showcases Mandurah’s coastal lifestyle, culture and community to about 100,000 people, more than the city’s current population of about 82,000.
Named after the blue manna crab native to Mandurah waters, the event features cooking demonstrations with chefs and celebrities, live music, market stalls, entertainment, free workshops, art displays and fireworks.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the Crab Fest had grown into one of WA’s biggest free festivals over the past 20 years and the State Government’s sponsorship would help the event deliver greater tourism outcomes.
“The festival not only showcases the Peel region, but also encourages visitors to extend their stay and enjoy other tourism experiences on offer in the area,’’ he said.
“Regional events are vital for tourism, which is a key pillar of the State Government’s plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and develop business opportunities.”
According to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Crab Fest drives economic growth, job creation, local capability and social amenity for the Peel region and is significant for Mandurah’s sense of community and heritage.
“Regional events play an important role in strengthening the local economy by promoting centres like Mandurah as agri-tourist destinations and giving a real boost for local businesses,’’ she said.