Music festivals, art installations, sporting events and a coastal headland walking trail are among 65 projects to receive a share in more than $7 million in funding support for communities in fire-affected regions across Australia.
This is the third funding announcement under the $10 million Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, following $825,000 for 34 events and projects announced since June to encourage visitors back into fire-affected communities.
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud said that these vital grants will have positive impacts for bushfire-affected communities.
“We committed to stick with bushfire affected communities for their long recovery journey and these grants are one very important support mechanism to get tourists back to affected areas – boosting local economies,” Minister Littleproud said.
“Importantly, the government recognised that COVID-19 would have an impact on tourists returning to some areas – so the timeline for successful applicants to use their funding has been extended.
“I would urge every Australian to consider taking a regional holiday in a bushfire affected area. We know some of these areas were hit with drought, bushfires and then COVID-19. Australians can assist in the recovery of these areas by holidaying in these locations when they can.”
Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said many regional communities impacted by the Funding for these events and attractions will encourage tourists to these hard hit areas and provide a much-needed boost to local economies,” Minister Birmingham said.
“Funding for 11 projects worth $775,000 will flow to communities in the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island—two jewels in South Australia’s tourism crown.
“These grants will fund events and lasting projects that will help these two regions reaffirm themselves as leading domestic tourism destinations.
“It’s great to see this funding flow to regions that really need it. There are some fantastic events planned and projects that will serve these regions as popular tourist attractions for many years to come.
“On Kangaroo Island, a new music festival and a sculpture trail – celebrating the resilience and strength of the community as a post bushfire legacy, are among a group of projects that received almost half a million dollars in funding.”
Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism Jonno Duniam said the grants would help to revive the regional tourism industry. “There are many regional businesses that were hit hard by the catastrophic summer bushfires and the COVID 19 pandemic,” Assistant Minister Duniam said. “A number of events in fire-affected regions were postponed or cancelled due to travel restrictions forced by the pandemic. “As restrictions begin to ease, these grants will help communities get back on their feet by supporting local jobs and local economies.”
The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program forms part of the Morrison Government’s $76 million bushfire tourism recovery package to help get the tourism industry back on its feet.
The grants program is funded as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency Fund and is being administered by Austrade.
For further information on the RTBR grants program visit: https://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian/Tourism/Tourism-and-business/Grants/regional-tourism-bushfire-recovery-grants