The NSW Government has invested $300 million through the Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism fund to support projects that enhance local tourism. These projects focus on iconic tourism activation, nature-based tourism, Indigenous cultural tourism and tourism in Far West NSW.
This funding is keeping important tourism dollars flowing through regional communities who have suffered through drought, bushfires and the global pandemic. Through this infrastructure investment the Government has funded projects that will activate iconic tourist attractions and grow destinations to drive long-term economic growth by increasing overnight visitation to regional NSW and increasing turn over for local businesses.
The Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund is now fully committed with 69 projects funded across the entire program since its inception.
Recharged $2 billion Regional Growth Fund
In November 2020 the NSW Government announced an additional $300 million investment over two years in the now $2 billion Regional Growth Fund. The investment will deliver additional rounds of Resources for Regions and Stronger Country Communities Fund, as well as new programs that target economic activation and tourism projects.
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Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund project success stories
Creating a sculpture trail between Forbes and Condobolin.
Total NSW funding: $5,790,029
The ‘Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail’ will include 20 sculpture sites located along the Stock Route from Forbes to Condobolin, spaced approximately 5km apart. A permanent trail of this magnitude and significance is ideally located at Forbes in the central west, which is on the Newell Highway, a main arterial highway running between Melbourne and Brisbane. It will be complementary to other large attractions in the Central West including Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Dubbo), The Dish - CSIRO Radio Telescope (Parkes), Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange, ‘Utes in the Paddock’ (Ootha) and the Eugowra murals.
An artificial reef will provide new habitat for fish and will boost fishing tourism.
Total NSW funding: $500,000
A new offshore artificial reef in the Batemans Bay region offers increased fishing opportunities for recreational fishers. The new reef provides the building blocks for fish habitat that will last in excess of 30 years and support many popular target fish species as part of a complex and diverse marine fish community.
The reef will support continued economic expenditure and promote the social and tourism benefits of this popular recreational pastime for today’s and future generations of fishers.
$11 million for this project will bolster tourism and bring significant economic benefits to the region.
Total NSW funding: $11,022,000
The ‘Murray River Regional Experiences’ tourism corridor aims to strengthen the access to, and connection with, the Murray River through the development of extensive public infrastructure across the three local council areas. The Murray River Experience will deliver significant economic benefits to the local communities and the wider NSW Riverina Murray region. It will revitalise the riverfront, improving local and visitor access, creating a destination for outdoor activities and interaction with the environment.