A lookout in Broome’s Chinatown, a Rockingham jetty and vital infrastructure for cruise ships will be the first projects to receive funding under a new national tourism funding scheme.

The funding is a partnership between the Federal and State governments under the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Programme.

Key West Australian tourism projects will receive more than $5 million over four years.  On a matched funding basis this represents an investment of over $10 million.

The first three projects to receive funding from the programme are:

  • Dampier Terrace/Frederick Street Lookout, Broome
  • Mersey Point Jetty redevelopment, Rockingham
  • A tender platform in Busselton to allow smaller boats to transfer passengers from cruise ships

Projects from Australia’s Golden Outback and Australia’s Coral Coast are also currently being considered for future funding.

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said the Federal Government was providing $43 million in TDDI funding over four years to the states and territories.

“This is a new and much more targeted way of delivering funding to promote tourism growth. The Commonwealth is very keen to support the development of infrastructure that boosts demand,” Mr Robb said.

“Tourism is already our largest services export and Western Australia has some of the best natural assets in the world.

“Last year, 100 million Chinese went on an international holiday and this figure is set to reach more than 250 million by 2020. It is a case of, if you build it, they will come.”

West Australian Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the programme would see some exciting projects take off and make WA even more attractive to tourists.

“Last year tourism generated $8.3 billion in visitor expenditure for the State’s economy and more than 94,000 jobs. This injection of federal funding will help increase visitor spending and create more tourism jobs in regional areas,” Dr Hames said.

“Other projects will be selected through a competitive grants process with up to $500,000 awarded on a matched funding basis to the successful applicants.”

Dr Hames said the grants would be available to government agencies, not-for-profit tourism industry associations and local councils for projects linked to a state, regional or destination tourism plan which had attracted funding from other sources.

The WA State Government, through Tourism WA, will manage the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme for Western Australia.

Registrations of interest in the programme are open until 5pm (WST) on Wednesday June 17, 2015. To find out how to apply, visit Tourism WA’s website, www.tourism.wa.gov.au

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