Pat Conaghan MP

Additional $1.25M for tourism recovery welcome

The Morrison-McCormack Government will inject $250 million into regional Australia, encouraging more Australians to travel and experience a home-grown holiday, boosting regional jobs and local economies.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan has welcomed $1.25M being allocated to the North and Mid North Coasts of New South Wales, one of nine tourism regions receiving the extra assistance to recover from COVID-19.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced the Recovery for Regional Tourism package yesterday, as well as $200 million for Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund.

“By investing $200 million in an additional round of the Building Better Regions Fund we are investing $200 million in securing regional Australia’s future,” Mr McCormack said.

“This Budget will set aside $200 million for projects to boost local infrastructure in regional communities, $100 million of which will be dedicated to tourism-related infrastructure.

“We know every dollar spent on building local communities is a dollar well spent and that is at the heart of our economic plan for a more secure and resilient Australia.”

Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said tourism regions had been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and this would help them to recover firstly by attracting more Australians and then overseas visitors when our international borders re-open.

“Tourism is such an important job creator and driver of many regional economies,” Mr Birmingham said.

“We want to make sure that our tourism regions are in the best possible shape on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This targeted new fund will support internationally dependent tourism regions to adapt their offerings, experiences and marketing to appeal to domestic visitors in the short-term and be in the strongest possible position to welcome back international tourists down the track.

“The Morrison-McCormack Government’s billions in economy-wide support has provided a lifeline to many in the tourism industry, sustaining hundreds of thousands of tourism businesses.”

Mr Conaghan said the Mid North Coast region’s tourism operators were currently enjoying a busy school-holiday period and this extra funding will help to strengthen the sector in the future.

“Funding for the tourism sector and tourism-related infrastructure supports local jobs and our local economies,” he said.

“The tourism sector is so important to our region, with the accommodation and hospitality sectors providing about 26 per cent of local jobs. So this extra investment is welcome and much needed at this time.”

Both the Recovery for Regional Tourism Program and Building Better Regions Fund Round 5 will be competitive grants to be opened soon.

More information is available on the Recovery for Regional Tourism Program at https://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/Tourism/Tourism-and-business/recovery-for-regional-tourism

More information on Round 5 of the Building Better Regions Fund will be forthcoming. Previous projects funded through this program in the electorate of Cowper include $1.3M for improvements to the Crescent Head Country Club and an 18-hole mini golf facility; and $4.93M to Garden Village in Port Macquarie to help construct 35 new retirement living apartments at the Commonwealth-funded residential aged care facility.

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Media contacts:

Mr McCormack – Jo Williamson 0418 475 668 | Dean Shachar 0418 202 860

Mr Birmingham – Benn Ayre 0428 342 325

Mr Conaghan – Liz Spry 0418 928 744