Skullcandy Oz Grom Open will receive $20,000 in NSW Liberal & Nationals Government funding for this year’s competition as part of the 2018 Flagship Event Fund.

Nationals Parliament Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin and the Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall announced the funding today, which will go towards marketing the competition.

“The Skullcandy Oz Gram Open is such a wonderful competition, and I am delighted that we are able to support the event,” said Mr Franklin.

“Lennox Head is home to some of the most incredible beaches and is famous for its world class point break while also offering exception beach breaks. That makes Lennox Head the perfect home for this competition.”

“It is also the home of some extraordinary local surfers like Mikey McDonagh, who I am thrilled was able to join us today. Mikey finished in the top four of the Australian Pro Junior Championships last year which gained him entry into the World Championships – an extraordinary feat. He also won the Under 16 section of the competition last year.”

“This year the competition will be held from 13 to 18 July. If you are a young surf I encourage you to get involved, otherwise I welcome everyone to join me in the spectators stand.”

Minister Marshall said that this was one of 35 events across regional NSW that will receive grants through the 2018 Flagship Event Fund.

“The fund supports events which reflect the unique character, culture and attributes of their local community,” Mr Marshall said.

“Ben Franklin has been a strong advocate for this iconic Lennox Head event. It has doubled in size over the past seven years and I look forward to seeing the event grow and develop even more over the years ahead.”

The Flagship Event Fund offers annual grants of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 each year for three years and is part of the expanded Regional Flagship Events Program.