Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Funding to create sustainable visitor centres in regional WA

    6/04/2017 11:30 AM
    • ​$1.05 million available for innovative projects 
    • Grants to support economic sustainability of regional visitor centres
    • Visitor centres generate more than 900 jobs and inject $117 million into economy

    Regional visitor centres across the State can now apply for a share of $1.05 million for innovative projects that make them more sustainable and adaptable in a changing tourism environment. 


    Tourism Minister Paul Papalia encouraged all regional visitor centres to apply for the final round of the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, worth $4.2 million over three years.


    The program is made possible by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions.


    The second funding round in 2016-17 supported 36 visitor centres across the State, including Halls Creek, Busselton, Merredin, Kalbarri, Meekatharra and Geraldton. 


    Accredited visitor centres or local government authorities can apply for grants between $5,000 and $100,000.  Non-accredited centres working towards accreditation can apply for grants between $5,000 and $40,000.


    Applications for the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program close at 5pm on Friday June 16, 2017.  For more information, visit http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Tourism is a key economic driver for Western Australia and plays a vital role in diversifying the State's economy and creating new jobs.


    "In 2016, visitors spent $10 billion in the State, including $4.7 billion in regional areas.  The industry also generates more than 97,000 jobs.


    "The importance of visitor centres cannot be understated as they inject $117 million into the State's economy and generate more than 900 jobs."


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "This program will give regional tourism a new spark.


    "We need our visitor centres to be moving with new tourism trends - this fund will help them be flexible and creative."


    Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200