New fund to boost regional growth

ATTRACTING MORE VISITORS: Melinda Pavey urges groups to apply for a fund supporting regional tourism infrastructure projects.

ATTRACTING MORE VISITORS: Melinda Pavey urges groups to apply for a fund supporting regional tourism infrastructure projects.

Local community and government organisations in Oxley can now apply for funding for projects under the NSW Government’s new $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

The fund aims to increase tourist visitation by supporting regional tourism infrastructure projects.

This is great news for our region and I strongly encourage our local organisations to pitch in for funding.

Expressions of interest are now open  for the initial round – at least $100 million is available for local and state government agencies; Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal groups; community groups registered as incorporated associations; and non-government organisations.

We are looking for visionary projects that will transform regional economies which might include new or upgraded visitor infrastructure for national parks; new or upgraded camping facilities; repurposing of Crown Lands or heritage buildings for tourism, and the infrastructure to support new visitor activities.

The expressions of interest close on 6 April 2017 and will be assessed and shortlisted by Infrastructure NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, John Barilaro, said the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund is an initiative that would help to increase tourist visitation, drive jobs creation and build on other Government regional investment programs.

The Fund is part of the $20 billion Rebuilding NSW initiative, from which the Government has committed $6 billion for regional NSW.

Already, $110 million has been provided for investments into regional tourism infrastructure including for regional airports, regional cruise facilities and rail trails. Details: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/rgetf 

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