MP scoffs at tourism plan
A plan to boost funding for tourism infrastructure in Northern Australia has been dismissed as “ridiculous” by Durack MHR Melissa Price.
The Federal Labor Party pitched a plan to inject $1 billion into a Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund last week, after first raising the idea last year.
However, Ms Price said the plan amounted to little more than “money-shuffling” from the Labor Party.
“It quarantines 20 per cent of Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund funding for tourism projects, whereas currently, the whole $5 billion of the NAIF fund is available for tourism projects to apply for,” she said.
“This doesn’t deliver one red cent extra for the North West for tourism.”
Ms Price said Labor needed to explain the proposed fund properly, questioning whether investments such as the Red Earth Arts Precinct and Cape Leveque Road sealing would count as tourism projects under the fund.
Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive Margy Osmond said Labor’s plan would ensure the tourism industry had the opportunity to become Northern Australia’s next super-growth sector.
“Tourism is the most effective and sustainable way to support Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia as they transition and diversify from a post-mining boom economy,” she said. Shadow Northern Australia minister Jason Clare said the north’s tourism industry was being let down by ageing infrastructure.