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$100,000 grant for Mareeba coffee tourism project.



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Senator Ron Boswell National Party - Qld

$100,000 grant for Mareeba coffee tourism project

December 5th, 2006

The Leader of The Nationals in the Senate, Ron Boswell, today welcomed news that the Australian Government will provide a $100,000 grant to expand Coffee Works in Mareeba as a tourism venture.

Arabicas Coffee Australia Pty Ltd will receive the funding through the Australian Tourism Development Program to enable Coffee Works to house and display the world’s largest collection of coffee and tea antiques.

“This exclusive collection of some 2000 antiques, spanning three centuries and all parts of the globe, illustrates the changes over time in the coffee and tea making industry in relation to design, innovation and equipment,” Senator Boswell said.

“Featuring items such as grinders, roasters, filters, teapots, teacups and many other artefacts, this collection of antiques will provide a fascinating history lesson for tea and coffee connoisseurs, and anyone with an interest in the history of coffee and tea

making.

“A showcase of this nature will serve as a tourist drawcard on the Atherton Tablelands and is a good example of the type of innovative, regional project funded through the Australian Tourism Development Program,” he said.

“The more tourists we can attract to our regions, the better chance we have of boosting the local economy through job creation and additional opportunities for small business.”

Senator Boswell said the grant from the Australian Government will be used for fit-out materials and installation, display shelving and lighting, and interactive and photographic displays.

The tourism industry is worth $75 billion to Australia and employs more than half a million Australians. Around 48 cents in every tourism dollar is spent in regional Australia.

Senator Boswell said the Mareeba Coffee Works project is one of 46 projects across Australia that received a total of $8.4 million in the third round of the Australian Tourism Development Program.

Additional information about the $31 million Australian Tourism Development Program can be obtained by calling the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46 or on the website at www.ausindustry.gov.au. ENDS More details - Leah Nicoll in Senator Ron Boswell’s office - 02 6277 3244