- Liberal National Government investing $4.2m in regional visitor centres projects
- Made possible by Tourism WA and the Royalties for Regions program
Broome, Derby, Halls Creek and Kununurra are among 36 regional centres set to benefit from innovative projects at their visitor centres, through the latest Liberal National Government grant program.
The Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, made possible by Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions, is helping visitor centres remain viable in the changing tourism landscape.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the investment of $4.2 million over three years recognised the vital role of visitor centres in boosting regional tourism and jobs.
"Research shows travellers tend to spend more time and money in an area when they use a visitor centre," Mr Barnett said.
Projects supported in the latest round include a new design and upgraded technology at Broome Visitor Centre; an internal fit-out at Derby, Aboriginal artwork and seating at Halls Creek, and new signage for the Kununurra Visitor Centre and Argyle Downs Homestead Museum.
"Tourists spent $4.5 billion in regional Western Australia in 2015-16. By offering a warm welcome and a wealth of local knowledge, visitor centres play a vital role in this important industry," the Premier said.
"Overall, visitor centres employ more than 900 local people and inject $117 million into the State's economy annually."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said more than $1 million was available in the 2016-17 round to assist regional visitor centres throughout the State with sustainability initiatives such as accreditation, renewable energy, on-site attractions, technology and interior redesign.
"Visitor centres have a wealth of local knowledge that help visitors discover the best of what the regions have to offer," Mr Redman said.
"This Royalties for Regions investment contributes to a strengthened and sustainable regional economy through investment in tourism development."
- The funding pool for the 2016-17 Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program was $1.05 million
- Grants between $40,000 and $100,000 were available to accredited visitor centres or local government authorities
- Applications for the 2017-18 round are expected to open in March 2017
- For more information, visit http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/otherfunding
Premier and Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5000
Successful recipients of Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program 2016-17 Funding Round:
Beverley Community Resource Centre
Broome Visitor Centre
Busselton Visitor Centre
City of Albany; Albany Visitor Centre
City of Greater Geraldton; Geraldton Visitor Centre
Collie Visitor Centre
Derby Visitor Centre
Donnybrook Visitor Centre
Dowerin Community Resource Centre
Dryandra Country Visitor Centre
Exmouth Visitor Centre
Harvey Visitor Centre
Kalbarri Visitor Centre
Lake Grace Visitor Centre
Meekatharra Community Resource Centre
New Norcia Visitor Centre
Margaret River Visitor Centre
Mullewa Community Resource Centre
Newman Visitor Centre
Northampton Visitor Centre
Kununurra Visitor Centre
Quairading Community Resource Centre
Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes for Warren Blackwood region
Shire of Carnarvon; Carnarvon Visitor Centre
Shire of Coolgardie; Coolgardie Visitor Centre
Shire of Dandaragan; Turquoise Coast Visitor Centre
Shire of Halls Creek; Halls Creek Visitor Centre
Shire of Irwin; Dongara-Port Denison Visitor Centre
Shire of Kojonup; Kojonup Visitor Centre
Shire of Kulin; Kulin Visitor Centre
Shire of Merredin; Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre
Shire of Murray; Dwellingup History and Visitor Information Centre
Shire of Sandstone; Sandstone Visitor Information Centre
Shire of Shark Bay; Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre
Shire of Three Springs; Three Springs Visitor Centre
Shire of Toodyay; Toodyay Visitor Centre