Thirty-nine visitor centres across regional Western Australia will share in $1.1 million from the first round of the State Government's Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants Program.
The grants program, made possible by Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions, was established to help drive innovation and breathe new life into visitor centres.
Acting Tourism Minister Helen Morton said the successful applicants came from all corners of the State and would use the money on projects to help secure their financial future.
"Research shows tourists who use visitor centres tend to stay in a region longer and spend more money," Mrs Morton said.
"However, a lot of regional visitor centres have found that with more people booking accommodation and tours online, traditional sources of income are drying up.
"Successful applicants include places as diverse as Carnarvon, Chittering, Esperance, Roebourne and Nannup, with projects ranging from website development to improved signage and, in the case of Geraldton, even creating a mobile visitor centre to move throughout the region.
"Visitor centres will play a crucial role in helping the State Government achieve its goal of increasing the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said tourism was a rapidly growing regional sector.
"Royalties for Regions will be investing $4.2 million in regional visitor centres over the next three years, with round two to be launched in March 2016," Mr Redman said.
"Improving visitor experiences means more jobs and opportunities for local communities."
Accredited visitor centres or local government authorities can apply for grants between $10,000 and $100,000
Non-accredited centres working towards accreditation can apply for grants between $10,000 and $40,000
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program
Successful applicants for 2015-16 funding round:
- Albany Visitor Centre
- Augusta Visitor Centre
- Boddington Visitor Centre
- Bridgetown-Greenbushes Visitor Centre
- Broome Visitor Centre
- Busselton Visitor Centre
- Carnarvon Visitor Centre
- Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre
- Dardanup Visitor Centre
- Denmark Visitor Centre
- Derby Visitor Centre
- Dongara-Port Denison Visitor Centre
- Dunsborough Visitor Centre
- Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre
- Esperance Visitor Centre
- Exmouth Visitor Centre
- Geraldton Visitor Centre
- Gingin Visitor Centre
- Halls Creek Visitors Centre
- Harvey Visitor Centre
- Kalbarri Visitor Centre
- Kalgoorlie-Goldfields Visitor Centre
- Karratha Visitor Centre
- Margaret River Visitor Centre
- Mount Magnet Visitor Centre
- Nannup Visitor Centre
- Northam Visitor Centre
- Northcliffe Visitor Centre
- Pemberton Visitor Centre
- Port Hedland Visitor Centre
- Roebourne Visitor Centre
- Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre
- Shire of Chittering
- Shire of Derby-West Kimberley
- Shire of Kojonup
- Shire of York
- The Great Beyond Visitors Centre
- Turquoise Coast Visitor Centre
- Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre