Tourism demand drives infrastructure funding

5 January, 2016

A range of tourism projects from the Busselton Jetty upgrade to a signage project for Fremantle will share in funding of almost $3 million to boost tourism infrastructure in Western Australia.

Tourism and International Education Minister Senator Richard Colbeck said the projects would improve the quality of regional tourism infrastructure and help attract more visitors to Western Australia.

"The Australian 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 Programme," Senator Colbeck said.

"This will help the industry meet its Tourism 2020 growth targets and ensure businesses remain sustainable and profitable into the future."

Western Australia's total Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) allocation is $5.063 million over four years from 2014-15. Project funding is matched by project proponents, which means the final value of each project is at least double the Government's investment.

WA Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the programme was important because it helped fund projects that would make WA even more attractive for visitors.

"Tourism generated around 94,000 jobs and $8.9 billion in visitor spend to the State's economy in 2014-15 so it's a vital industry with enormous potential for growth in Western Australia," Dr Hames said.

"Ensuring we have the right infrastructure in place across the State means we can offer amenities that enhance and maximise the visitor experience and ultimately help us meet our target of $12 billion in visitor spend by 2020."

A total of 12 WA grants with a combined value of more than $2.9 million ($2,936,500) have been approved for funding in the current financial year. Several of the larger-scale regional projects will be completed in future TDDI programme years.

Three of these projects are large-scale, regional infrastructure projects:

  • Mersey Point Jetty redevelopment, previously announced in May 2015 and confirmed for 2015-16 funding
  • Cruise Ship Passenger Dis/Embarkation infrastructure for Esperance
  • Roebuck Bay Lookout (part of the Broome Chinatown redevelopment)

Another nine infrastructure projects were identified by the Western Australian Government through a competitive, merit-based selection process:

  • Busselton Jetty upgrade
  • Denmark Wilderness Ocean Walk Ride Trail Experience
  • Export Product Distribution Project
  • Fremantle Wayfinding Project
  • Nyamba Buru Yawuru Cultural Facilities Study
  • Wadjemup Walk Trail West End Rottnest Island
  • Albany Visitor Centre relocation
  • Bibbulmun Track northern terminus
  • Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association Lighthouses Project

For more information about Tourism 2020 visit www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/Tourism/tourism-2020

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