Grants to help get tourists back into our fire-affected regions

  • Media Release
20 June 2020

The Morrison Government has today announced funding support for 24 events and festivals in fire affected regions, under the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program, as Australia navigates its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions ease across the country.

Around $580 000 in funding will now flow for events and projects across fire affected regions, with more to follow in the coming weeks, helping to boost domestic visitors through unique local experiences.

Assistant Minister for Regional Tourism Jonno Duniam said many tourism businesses were greatly affected by the catastrophic summer bushfires, and are now navigating their way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With restrictions easing, and planning for events starting again, it’s great to announce recipients of 24 grants under the Regional Tourism Recovery Grants program, which will help revive the regional tourism industry,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.

“One in 13 Australian jobs is dependent on tourism, as are many thousands of Australian businesses. Australia attracts close to nine million international arrivals annually and the absence of international tourism is a huge blow to the sector.

“Many events in fire-affected regions were postponed or cancelled as a result of COVID-19. With restrictions easing, this funding support will help get events and festivals up and running in the second half of the year.

“We want to encourage Australians to support local and regional tourism, until we are able to welcome international visitors again.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel—as restrictions ease we are encouraging every Australian who can afford to, to soak up the beauty and diversity of regional experiences.

“Australians love to travel, and while their international wings may be clipped for the time being, these grants are aimed at boosting domestic travel experiences and investing regional communities to reinvigorate our tourism industry.”

The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant Program will support events to encourage tourists back into our bushfire affected regions and is part of a $76 million tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies.

Among the successful recipients is the Toowoomba Regional Council, which will benefit with a $28,000 grant for Chilling in the High Country — Hearth, Wind and Fire, a food and wine-focussed series of events to be staged across southern Queensland’s agriculturally rich Darling Downs region beginning this month. In Victoria, Grampians Tourism Board Inc will benefit from $29,211 for the Grampians Grape Escape and Seriously Shiraz events. On the New South Wales South Coast, the Eurobodalla Shire Council will receive $80,000 for next year’s Narooma Oyster Festival, which celebrates the region’s quality produce.

For further information on the RTBR grants program click HERE.

Applicant  Project Title Funding 
Lismore City Council Eat the Street Lismore 2020 $30,000
Kingston District Council Moving Pictures $30,000
Adelaide Hills Council Pome Fest 2020 $30,000
Toowoomba Regional Council Chilling in the High Country — Hearth, Wind and Fire $27,508
Mount Barker District Council Hahndorf Hidden Histories $12,500
Grampians Tourism Board Inc Grampians Grape Escape and Seriously Shiraz Event Support $29,211
Blue Mountains City Council Wollemi Markets and Laneway Activation — Katoomba $19,016
Kangaroo Island Council 2020 Kangaroo Island Art Exhibition $9,900
Mount Barker District Council Heysen Family / The Cedars Touring Exhibition $17,500
Narrabri Shire Council Wee Waa Cotton Capital Country Music Muster Promotion and Marketing $7,815
Port Macquarie Hastings Council ArtWalk 2020 $25,000
Wollondilly Shire Council Children's Festival and Movie Night $12,920
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Bungendore Street Party $5,000
Oberon Council Oberon outdoor festival $30,000
Alpine Shire Council Spartan Trifecta Event $30,000
Eurobodalla Shire Council Thank you Firies — community and business event $20,000
Rural City Of Murray Bridge Murray River Splash Festival $30,000
Mid-Western Regional Council Fermentation Festival ('Fermenta') at Rylstone and Kandos NSW $30,000
Wollondilly Shire Council Telopea Park Buxton $17,068
Snowy Monaro Regional Council Lake Light Sculpture Jindabyne $22,000
Eurobodalla Shire Council Narooma Oyster Festival $80,000
Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Bungendore Meet and Make Expo $14,217
Glen Innes Severn Council  GlenRock $20,000

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