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Call for regional tourism projects



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TONY WINDSOR B.Ec MP INDEPENDENT FEDERAL MEMBER FOR NEW ENGLAND

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Media Release 23rd October 2012 Call for Regional Tourism Projects Regional tourism projects are being sought to make application to the new Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund worth $48.5 million over the next four years - a fund that came about as a result of negotiations by the Independent Member for New England, Tony Windsor, the Independent Member for Lyne, Rob Oakeshott and the Greens which enabled the passage of the “Passenger Movement Charge Amendment” back in June of this year. The new program details were announced today by the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson inviting tourism operators from outside the capital cities with a focus on improving the quality of accommodation and attractions in regional areas to apply for assistance. Mr Windsor is pleased to see another new program with a focus on regional business launched. “I am delighted to see the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund launched today. “Regional tourism contributes significantly to regional economies and the better the tourism infrastructure, the better the opportunities for attracting particularly overseas tourists from whom much of the money for this program will come. “When combined with more funding to promote Australian tourism in Asia, regional tourism in Australia should benefit from this boost in the quality of accommodation and other attractions. “I thank Minister Ferguson and the Australian Government for following up on their commitment to me as quickly as they have and I look forward to seeing regional tourism operators applying for assistance and benefiting from this program,” Mr Windsor said. Further information about the program is available at www.ret.gov.au/tirfgrants Applications close at 5pm on December 14, 2012 with successful projects expected to be announced in March 2013. Project funding of between $50,000 and $250,000 will be matched by successful applicants on a dollar for dollar basis.