Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund
Established under the NSW Government’s Rebuilding NSW Program, the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund (RGETF) aims to increase tourist visitation by investing in regional environment and tourism infrastructure, particularly focusing on assets that will grow and further diversify NSW regional economies.
We have committed $300 million to the RGETF, with up to $100 million available in the first round of funding.
- Download the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund guidelines (PDF, 4.80 MB)
- Download map of eligible local government areas (PDF, 2.02 MB)
- Download the sample funding deed (PDF, 580 KB)
- Watch webinar recording from 16 March
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of Interest closed on 20 April 2017.
Expressions of Interest for funding were invited from government, local councils, Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal groups, community groups and non-government organisations.
Applications closed on 20 April 2017. The following projects have been shortlisted.
|Central Coast Marine Discovery and "Wonders of the Wreck"||Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre||Central Coast|
|Black and Grey Water Disposal Points||Campervan & Motorhome Club of Ausltralia Limited (CMCA)||Hunter|
|InHabitat Lakeside||Lake Cowal Foundation Limited||Riverina - Murray|
|Zoofarie Lodge Redevelopment and Expansion - Enhancing a world class wildlife safari adventure in the heart of Regional NSW||Taronga Western Plains Zoo / Taronga Conservation Society Australia||Central West and Orana|
|Kiama Arts||Kiama Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Murwillumbah Art Precinct||Tweed Shire Council||North Coast|
|Jervis Bay Artificial Reef||NSW Department of Primary Industries||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Thredbo Valley Track Extension||Office of Environment and Heritage - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service||South East and Tablelands|
|Kosciusko Snowies Iconic Great Walk||Office of Environment and Heritage - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service||South East and Tablelands|
|Jervis Bay Regional Boat Maintnance Facility||Shoalhaven City Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Captain Cook Memorial and Lighthouse Revitalisation||Tweed Shire Council||North Coast|
|Ballina Coastal Recreational Walk||Ballina Shire Council||North Coast|
|Round the Bay Walk Improvements (Moona Moona Creel Shared Pedestrian Bridge, Callala Headland Reserve Path & Wayfinding Signage)||Shoalhaven City Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Port Macquarie Coastal Walk Upgrade||Port Macquarie - Hastings Council||North Coast|
|Winney Bay Cliff Top Walk||Central Coast Council||Central Coast|
|Proposed Boardwalk – Terrigal Beach to The Haven||Central Coast Council||Central Coast|
|Urunga Tidal Pool||New South Wales Crown Holiday Parks Trust||North Coast|
|Stuarts Point Foreshore Revitalisation||Kempsey Shire Council||North Coast|
|Grenwell Point Berthing Facilities||Shoalhaven City Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Shoalhaven Heads River Road Foreshore Precinct||Shoalhaven City Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Bombo Headland Eco Walk||Kiama Municipal Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Minnamurra Shared Boardwalk||Kiama Municipal Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Big River Dreaming - The Water Weaving Way||Gwydir Shire Council||New England North West|
|The Mount Panorama Boardwalk||Bathurst Regional Council||Central West and Orana|
|Brunswick Heads Foreshore Public Reserve Upgrades and Improvements||New South Wales Crown Holiday Parks Trust||North Coast|
|Bundanon Trust's Riversdale Masterplan||Bundanon Trust||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Lighting Ridge Visitor Information Centre, Council Agency, Conference/Community Centre and Transit Hub||Walgett Shire Council||Far West|
|Repurposing of the Saumarez Homestead and its Heritage Listed Farm for Enhanced Regional Tourism||Armidale Regional Council (lead proponent) and National Trust of Australia (NSW)||New England North West|
|Wagga Wagga Riverside Precinct Rejuvenation (Stage 2)||City of Wagga Wagga||Riverina - Murray|
|Central West Equestrian and Livestock Centre||Blayney Shire Council||Central West and Orana|
|Murray River Experience (Consolidated)||Albury City Council||Riverina - Murray|
|Murray River Experience (Consolidated)||Federation Council||Riverina - Murray|
|Murray River Experience (Consolidated)||Berrigan Shire Council||Riverina - Murray|
|Murramarang South Cost Walk - Five Villages Walk||Office of Environment and Heritage - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service||South East and Tablelands|
|Light to Light Great Walk||Office of Environment and Heritage - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service||South East and Tablelands|
|Tathra Headland and Wharf Access (THWA)||Tathra & District Business Chamber||South East and Tablelands|
|The Batemans Bay Coastal Headlands Walking Trail||Eurobodalla Shire Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Calypso Yamba Holiday Park Redevelopment||Clarence Valley Council||North Coast|
|Port Stephens Koala Hospital and Tourism Facility||Port Stephens Council||Hunter|
|Scone Aviation Visitor Attraction||Upper Hunter Shire Council||Hunter|
|Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden Visitor Centre Redevelopment||Friends of Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens||South East and Tablelands|
|Infrastructure for Implementing the Destination Macquarie Marshes Action Plan (Stage 1)||RiverSmart Australia Limited||Central West and Orana|
|Astronomy/Science Centre, Planetarium and Café||Tamworth Regional Council||New England North West|
|Ettalong Beach Ferry Wharf||Central Coast Council||Central Coast|
|Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf||Central Coast Council||Central Coast|
|Old Main South Coast Road Cycleway South Kiama||Kiama Municipal Council||Illawarra - Shoalhaven|
|Eskbank Wagon Maintenance & Carriage Restoration Facility and Living Museum ( Ekbank Locomotive Depot & Museum)||COC Limited||Central West and Orana|
|Gunnedah Koala Park and Education Centre||Gunnedah Shire Council||New England North West|
|Merimbula Estuary Access Trail||Bega Valley Shire Council||South East and Tablelands|
|Bega Valley Shire - A Destination for All||Bega Valley Shire Council||South East and Tablelands|
|Lake Jindabyne Shared Trail Construction – delivering a world class 100km trail circling Lake Jindabyne.||Snowy Monaro Regional Council||South East and Tablelands|
|Cooma Trail Master Plan Construction Delivery - Including Murrumbidgee River Trail Link||Snowy Monaro Regional Council||South East and Tablelands|
|Restart Jenolan||Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust||Central West and Orana|
|Kokoda Trail Walkway||Liverpool Plains Shire Council||New England North West|
Frequently asked questions
What is this fund?
This is an exciting new initiative to support regional environment and tourism infrastructure projects that will help to grow and diversify regional economies across the state.
How much money is in the fund?
$300 million has been set aside for the fund, with $100 million available through the first round.
In the first round, which is now open, $100 million is available to support environmental and tourism infrastructure projects that will help grow and diversify regional economies in NSW.
Further funding will be available over the following two years.
Who can apply?
Initial expressions of interest are now being sought from local and state government agencies; Aboriginal Land Councils and other Aboriginal groups; community groups registered as incorporated associations; and non-government organisations.
Can private projects apply?
The fund is for public infrastructure. Examples of private projects that may be eligible include:
- A public access road to a new attraction
- A publicly accessible information centre on Aboriginal Land
Projects that are not eligible to apply include those that are for private benefit only. This includes refurbishments of privately owned and operated assets such as hotels and theme parks.
What sort of projects are suitable?
Examples of suitable projects include:
- new or upgraded visitor infrastructure to national parks
- new or upgraded camping facilities
- repurposing of Crown Lands or heritage buildings for tourism
- development of infrastructure to support ecotourism and new visitor activities.
Where is the money coming from?
The Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund is funded through the $20 billion Rebuilding NSW initiative, from which the Government has committed $6 billion for regional NSW.
It builds on funding we have already provided to regional NSW including, $110 million for regional tourism infrastructure including for regional airports, regional cruise facilities and rail trails.
Is there a minimum project size?
The NSW Government is targeting the first round of funding to regionally significant projects that leverage Restart funds in order to generate the maximum benefit from this round.
To that end, we expect that the smallest projects will be approximately $1 million and the minimum funding request to be eligible is $500,000. Smaller projects can be packaged or bundled together to meet this threshold.
Please note that there is not a set 50 per cent funding proportion rule – any proportion of funding may be requested. Therefore, the $500,000 funding for a $1 million project example above may not apply to you. Please contact: [email protected] for specific advice about your project if the minimum is a concern.
There are some applicants and projects that may need time to develop the best approach and partnerships for a project. While this round is targeting ready to proceed projects, we encourage Indigenous and other organisations who are developing projects to submit an Expression of Interest in this round to open a dialogue. In this case, the minimum funding request of $500,000 in the guidelines will not apply.
When do projects need to be completed by?
There is no limit on how long a project can take to be completed. RGETF is targeting regionally significant projects and it is expected that some will be delivered in stages over multiple years.