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$250 000 Federal funding for Newcastle tourism project

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The Hon. John Moore M inister for Industry, Science and Tourism

Senator John Tierney

Thursday, 5 June 1997 (183/97)


The Convict Lumberyard Heritage Project, located within Newcastle’s historic ‘east end’, has attracted $250 000 in Federal tourism funding.

The grant will go to the Newcastle City Council to help preserve the archaeological evidence of early convict industrial processes and present it as a major new regional tourist attraction.

The funding, to be provided under the Federal Government’s highly competitive, two-year, $10.4 million National Tourism Development Program (NTDP), was announced today by Federal Minister for Tourism, John Moore.

The NTDP aims to support sustainable tourism development in areas outside of Australia’s major urban centres and international gateways.

“The historic east end site contains the archaeological remains of the 1814-50 lumberyard and stockade which serviced Newcastle’s penal settlement and the broader Colony of New South Wales,” Senator Tierney said.

“It also contains unique evidence of early Aboriginal occupation, particularly of the nearby coastal dunes.

“The funding announced today will help preserve these important historic assets, at the same time as developing the area as a tourist attraction which will provide visitors with an understanding of Australia’s early industrial growth.”

Mr Moore said that an increasing number of international visitors are seeking to experience the ‘real’ Australia beyond our major urban centres.

“And the number of domestic tourists travelling in their own country is also increasing,” he said. “All these people are discovering the joys of visiting our rural and regional areas.”

Mr Moore said that these areas needed to have a good product, as well as the infrastructure, the expertise and, importantly, the enthusiasm for the industry.

“These grants will help to provide infrastructure, as well as management of tourism in sensitive natural environments and they will also help to build successful indigenous tourism enterprises,” Mr Moore said.

Senator Tierney congratulated the Newcastle City Council for the quality of its submission, saying it was one of 40 projects across Australia to be funded. More than 300 organisations had applied for the grants.

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