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Mt Barker tourism facility to be boosted by State Government grant.
3/10/2000 2:18 PM
The Mt Barker Tourist Bureau has been awarded a grant of $3,050 from the State Government’s Tourism Development Fund to help boost tourism in the region.
Tourism Minister Norman Moore said the grant would help modify and improve the existing bureau.
The total cost of the project was $7,050.
Mr Moore said the modification to the existing bureau was an important step forward.
“Converting the space within the bureau will allow visitors to benefit from added information on Mt Barker's history and culture and encourage them to explore more of the local attractions," he said.
The Minister said the project would include an audio-visual gallery and tourist lounge.
"This initiative will help to establish the bureau as a one-stop-shop for information, which will not only appeal to visitors visually but also be conducive to researching various areas of the local region," he said.
The Minister said these partnership projects with local communities would enhance visitor enjoyment and safety and attract extra tourism to the area's new facilities.
The Tourism Development Fund has become a cornerstone strategy for delivering a better experience to visitors travelling through Western Australia.
“The main purpose of these grants is to help fund valuable product and infrastructure that will enhance the quality and length of stay of visitors in WA,” Mr Moore said.
“The majority of funds are allocated to projects which will generate visitor expenditure, as this expenditure drives an increased economic impact for the region through multiplier effects.”
State Government grants provided through the Tourism Development Fund are matched dollar-for-dollar by local government and non-profit organisations to help promote tourism product and infrastructure. In this latest round of approved submissions, the Mt Barker Tourist Bureau is also a partner in this development.
This year, more than $460,000 has been allocated to 20 key tourism projects throughout the State. Over the last four years, the Great Southern Region has attracted more than $442,000 in grants from the fund supporting tourism development.
Hartley Joynt, Minister’s office, 9321 1444,
Henry Kujda, Tourism Development Manager - Great Southern, Western Australian Tourism Commission, 9841 8599