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Infrastructure fund to support jobs and growth in Queensland tourism
Tourism businesses in Queensland will receive a boost with almost $2.5 million being provided through the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program.
The Federal Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, and the Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, announced last week that 11 projects will receive funding under the programme.
Minister Colbeck said the projects would allow Queensland tourism businesses to improve quality and capability so they can further capitalise on the tourism boom, stating “tourism is one of five key economic super-growth sectors and this programme is part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to boost economic growth and create jobs around Australia.
“Queensland is a world-class tourist destination and this funding of almost $2.5 million will help the industry meet its Tourism 2020 growth targets and ensure businesses remain sustainable and profitable into the future.
“The TDDI program will invest $43.1 million over four years - including $7.8 million in Queensland - to improve tourism infrastructure and provide a boost to local attractions, and the businesses that depend on them, particularly in regional areas.
“Projects to receive funding under this round include infrastructure upgrades to popular tourism facilities which will help attract more tourists.”
Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said the successful projects would help create a better experience for visitors to the state, adding “the Queensland Government is providing matched funding for the Noosa National Park Coastal Walking Track and Interpretation which will improve accessibility to the track and headlands for people with limited mobility.
“Enhanced visitor experiences will attract more tourists to Queensland and importantly keep them coming back again and again.
“We know that a growing tourism industry supports more business opportunities and more jobs for Queenslanders.
“These projects will improve the quality and delivery of our tourism products making a real difference for our tourism operators and visitors.”
The 11 projects that will receive funding are:
• Field of Dreams Parkland Upgrade, Sarina - $250,000
• Construction of Sapphire Gemfields Interpretive Trail, Sapphire - $245,950
• Multifunction all-weather entertainment building for Southern Gold Coast, Currumbin - $225,000
• Scenic Rim Story Markers Project, Tamborine Mountain - $100,000
• Maryborough to Hervey Bay Rail Trail, Hervey Bay - $439,750
• Noosa National Park Coastal Walking Track and Interpretation, Noosa - $400,000
• Croydon BIG Metal Exhibition Project, Croydon - $110,606
• Cloncurry Equestrian Events Centre, Cloncurry - $100,000
• Installation of tourism signage, Maranoa region - $117,906
• Muttaburrasaurus Interpretation Centre – Stage 1, Barcaldine - $262,750
• Dinosaur Canyon Pathway Infrastructure, Winton - $151,000
Click here for more information about TDDI on the Austrade website.
Images: Scenic rim at Tamborine Mountain (top) and Senator Richard Colbeck (below).
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