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Tourism boost for Dogwood Crossing and Western Downs.



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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

4 August 2003

Tourism boost for Dogwood Crossing and Western Downs

Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott today announced a new tourism initiative in the Murilla Shire and Western Downs has received Federal Government support.

Mr Scott said the Murilla Shire Council has been awarded $25,100 to develop self-drive tours in the region under the Coalition Government’s Regional Tourism Program.

Mr Scott said almost 60 per cent of domestic tourism expenditure is spent in regional areas.

“This represents nearly $24 billion spent each year across Australia and translates to the employment of more than 180,000 people in regional, rural and remote areas,” he said.

“The grant was one of 28 worth $1.5 million under the latest funding round of the Program. Sixteen of the successful applicants are located in bushfire or drought-affected areas.”

Mr Scott said tourism is the lifeline of the community in the many regional areas.

“This is why the Coalition Government is providing as much support as possible to improve regional tourism facilities to make them more attractive to Australian and overseas visitors,” he said.

“A high-growth tourism industry is a vital element of all regional and rural economies. It offers opportunities for other businesses in the region and creates employment, particularly for young people.

Further information on the Regional Tourism Program and other Australian Government assistance measures can be viewed at the website or obtained from the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46.

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