Tourism in the Great Southern will receive a boost with the announcement of funding for local projects under the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson welcomed the announcement and said the investment in tourism infrastructure would help attract more visitors to the region.
Mr Wilson said the funding would drive demand for tourism in Albany and Denmark.
“We are contributing $250,000 towards the relocation of the Albany Visitors Centre to within the Public Library building, allowing it to act as a showcase for regional tourism attractions and produce,” Mr Wilson said.
“This is in addition to $997,500 provided by the Federal Government in National Stronger Regions Round 1.”
The Denmark Wilderness Ocean Walk Ride Trail will receive $250,000.
“This will assist the construction of a dual use pathway for walkers and cyclists around Wilson Head to Lights Beach, linking with the William Bay National Park,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson said the funds announced today are being provided through the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program which provides Western Australia with almost $3 million to boost tourism infrastructure in regional areas.
The Federal Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the projects would drive demand and improve the quality of tourism infrastructure in Western Australia.
“The Federal Government is providing $43.1 million over four years to the states and territories for their tourism infrastructure needs through the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Programme,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Projects will help the industry to meet Tourism 2020 targets to ensure businesses remain sustainable and profitable into the future.”