$100m for new tourism projects

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Mem­ber for Al­bury, Greg Aplin last week an­nounced $100 mil­lion is avail­able for new re­gional tourism projects in­clud­ing large scale lo­cal projects with round two of the Re­gional Growth – En­vi­ron­ment and Tourism Fund now open.

Mr Aplin said up to $50 mil­lion will be avail­able for re­gion­ally iconic tourism ac­ti­va­tion projects that will cost over $5 mil­lion.

“This time it’s about pro­vid­ing big­ger grants to those sig­na­ture projects that will give us the chance to ce­ment the elec­torate’s sta­tus as a hol­i­day and tourism hot spot and an al­laround fan­tas­tic place to live,” Mr Aplin said.

“We’ve al­ready seen what the first round can of­fer with the over $11m for the Mur­ray River Ex­pe­ri­ence which en­cap­su­lated three coun­cils (Al­bury City, Fed­er­a­tion and Berri- gan Shires Coun­cils) fore­shore projects on the Mur­ray River.

“I en­cour­age you to put for­ward your big pic­ture projects now that will help to at­tract more tourists, cre­ate jobs, and showcase this im­pres­sive re­gion and what it has to of­fer,” he said.

Deputy Pre­mier and Min­is­ter for Re­gional NSW John Bar­i­laro said the re­main­ing $50 mil­lion will be avail­able for ap­pli­cants who sub­mit­ted strong ap­pli­ca­tions but were un­suc­cess­ful at the Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est stage in round one.

“Our re­gional com­mu­ni­ties are brim­ming with great ideas and op­por­tu­ni­ties, and un­for­tu­nately the first time around we just couldn’t fund them all be­cause of the high num­ber of strong ap­pli­ca­tions,” Mr Bar­i­laro said.

“We want to re­as­sure those who missed out the first time - specif­i­cally dur­ing the Ex­pres- sion of In­ter­est phase - if you have a strong, vi­able case we’re giv­ing you an­other chance to get your project funded.”

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Gabrielle Up­ton said the state con­tains some of Aus­tralia’s most de­sir­able nat­u­ral tourist at­trac­tions.

“This fund­ing is de­signed to get peo­ple to en­joy the won­der­ful scenery and ex­pe­ri­ence the nat­u­ral beauty of NSW,” Ms Up­ton said.

“We want to grow tourism and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties so that our amaz­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal at­trac­tions are a source of re­lax­ation and en­joy­ment,” she said.

Min­is­ter for Tourism and Ma­jor Events Adam Mar­shall said $142 mil­lion has al­ready been com­mit­ted to 32 projects from round one right across the state.

“Tourism Projects are cur­rently un­der­way from round one and are set to be huge draw­cards for vis­i­tors to our ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas, fill­ing our ho­tels, cafes, restau­rants and bou­tiques, putting more tourist dol­lars in the pock­ets of lo­cal busi­ness­peo­ple,” Mr Mar­shall said.

“We’re ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the growth of our State’s tourism sec­tor so that ev­ery cor­ner of NSW reaps the ben­e­fits,” he said.

The Re­gional Growth - En­vi­ron­ment and Tourism Fund is part of the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to the de­liv­ery of in­fra­struc­ture projects which im­prove the pro­duc­tiv­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness of the state un­der Restart NSW.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the fund will be open from 13 Au­gust to 21 Septem­ber 2018.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site: https://www.nsw.gov.au/re­gional-growth-en­vi­ron­ment-and-tourism-fund/

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