$300,000 to drive tourism demand on King Island

7 March, 2016

Tourism on King Island will receive a boost with the announcement of $300,000 in federal government funding for infrastructure work at the Ocean Dunes Golf Course.

Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, and Member for Braddon, Brett Whiteley MP, announced the funding while visiting King Island today.

"The Federal Government is providing $300,000 through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure and Innovation Fund (RTIIF) which was announced as part of the Government's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania," Minister Colbeck said.

"Golfing tourism will be a key driver of tourism on King Island and the Ocean Dunes Golf Course is expected to attract thousands of golfers each year.

"With 44 cents of every tourism dollar spent in regional areas, driving tourism demand to regional areas including King Island will have a flow-on effect for employment and the local economy.

"The Federal Government is committed to ensuring regional Australia benefits from the growth the tourism industry is experiencing."

Member for Braddon, Brett Whiteley said Ocean Dunes Golf Course is a great example of King Island's world-class tourism offering.

"King Island has exploded onto the world golfing scene in recent months with Ocean Dunes now considered one of the best courses in the world.

"Golf is one of the most lucrative sporting tourism sectors and compliments the existing KI tourism brand.

"Tourists visit KI knowing they will be treated spectacular scenery, fine locally produced food and now world class golfing courses."

The project will include the installation of crucial infrastructure items including power and water supply, and visitor access to the course and clubhouse. It is part of a broader $7.1 million development.

Through RTIIF the Federal Government is providing Tasmania with $4.38 million for tourism infrastructure projects.

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