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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.”

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.