New Fund To Boost Regional Investment

New Fund To Boost Regional Investment

Local community and government organisations in the Port Macquarie electorate are being encouraged to apply for funding for environment and tourism projects under the NSW Government’s new $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the fund aims to increase tourist visitation by supporting regional environment and tourism infrastructure projects to help grow and diversify regional economies across NSW.

“This is great news for our region and I strongly encourage our local organisations to pitch for the funding.

“I have met with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on numerous occasions to encourage them to be prepared for this announcement and I hope they have projects planned ready to apply for funding,” Mrs Williams said.

“Expressions of interest are now open for the initial round of the Fund – at least $100 million is available for regional environment and tourism projects from local and state government agencies; Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal groups; community groups registered as incorporated associations; and non-government organisations.

“We are looking for visionary projects that will transform regional economies which might include new or upgraded visitor infrastructure for national parks; new or upgraded camping facilities; repurposing of Crown Lands or heritage buildings for tourism, and the infrastructure to support new visitor activities and eco-tourism.

“The expressions of interest, which close on 6 April 2017, will be independently assessed and shortlisted by Infrastructure NSW with assistance from other NSW agencies,” Mrs Williams said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales, John Barilaro, said the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund was an exciting new initiative that would help to increase tourist visitation, drive jobs creation and build on other NSW Government regional investment programs.

“The Fund is part of the $20 billion Rebuilding NSW initiative, from which the Government has committed $6 billion for regional NSW.

“Already, $110 million has been provided for investments into regional tourism infrastructure including for regional airports, regional cruise facilities and rail trails.”

For further information: www.industry.nsw.gov.au/rgetf or contact my office on 65840977.

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