Queanbeyan welcomes Stawell Gift's equal prize money announcement

23 February 2015

Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall has welcomed the Stawell Gift's announcement that it will be offering equal prize money to both men and women.

The Queanbeyan Gift became the first Gift in Australia to offer equal prize money for men and women in 2011, with winners taking home $10,000 each.

"Council made a decision in 2011 to make prize money equal for men and women and we are very proud of that commitment," Cr Overall said. "Since 2011 we have seen some of the country's best athletes contest our Gift, including Olympians Melissa Breen and Lauren Wells.

"The equal prize money has also seen the Queanbeyan Gift carnival increased from one day to two days and record entries in the past two years.

"It is very pleasing to see that Stawell has followed the lead of Queanbeyan to offer equal prize money to men and women and I hope that other sporting events, not just Gift running, follow along the same path."

Preparations for the 2015 Queanbeyan Gift, including the second Queanbeyan Street Party, are progressing with more news to be released later in the year.

The Stawell Gift announced on Friday that prize money for the women's Gift would increase from $6,000 to $60,000, the same as the men's event.