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Vic prepares for restart


THE Victorian Government has revealed that eight new tourism projects will share in $1.9 million from the state’s $10 million Enabling Tourism Fund.

Among the recipients will be the Gunditj Mirring Traditiona­l Owners Aboriginal Corporatio­n to further develop tourism appeal at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in south-west Victoria, while $306,000 will be allocated to progress a wine and craft beverage project in partnershi­p with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Institute of Gastronomy and Good Food in Daylesford has received a $200,000 injection in the pursuit of bringing together culinary, hospitalit­y, and tourism experts under the one roof, while the Cowes to Stony Point Ferry will receive $200,000 towards a Cowes Jetty feasibilit­y study, $125,000 will advance the UNESCO City of Design Geelong Gallery initiative that will aim to attract new exhibition­s, and the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village in Warrnamboo­l has been given $110,000 to plan for better tourism appeal at the western end of the Great Ocean Road.

Close to $100,000 will also be allocated to a regional Victoria Live Music Census and Infrastruc­ture Audit, designed to foster future investment to support the live music industry across the state.

“It’s important that we invest in new ideas and back our iconic attraction­s to become even more compelling drawcards for visitors,” Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said.

“A strong pipeline of projects is vital as the industry moves through this extremely challengin­g period and businesses plan for recovery and new opportunit­ies,” he added.

A competitiv­e round of the Enabling Tourism Fund will be announced later in the year. The Fund forms part of the $633 million Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan, a strategy to drive annual visitor expenditur­e to $35 billion and tourism sector jobs beyond 300,000 by Jun 2024.

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