The Swan Valley will benefit from $50,000 Federal Government funding to create and upgrade walk and cycle trails, helping to boost tourism in the region.
The funding is a partnership between the Federal and State governments as part of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Program.
The program provides $43 million over four years to states and territories for key infrastructure projects that will drive tourism growth. Western Australia received $5.063 million in funding over four years, managed by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia.
The City of Swan will match the Federal Government funding and manage the project, helping to further grow tourism in the region.
The funding will be used to engage a consultant to plan, consult and investigate appropriate interpretation for the cycle and walk trails. These improved trails will meet visitor needs and include signage to educate visitors about the Swan Valley's unique multicultural story.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions also received funding for two projects as part of the program in 2017-18, which will be used to upgrade a campground at Yanchep National Park and establish a vision for tourism infrastructure for Monkey Mia.
These are the final West Australian projects as part of the TDDI program, which has supported 19 tourism infrastructure initiatives across the State.
Comments attributed to Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP:
Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP says that the TDDI program aims to drive demand, improve the quality of our tourist attractions and increase tourism expenditure.
"This project funded through the TDDI program will add to the attractions in the Swan Valley and therefore aid in increasing and sustaining visitor numbers," said Mr Wyatt.
"The Swan Valley Multicultural Cycle Walk Signage Trails project's goal is to create walk and cycle tourism trails that celebrate the regions multicultural story for the benefit of all those visiting and running businesses in the Swan Valley," said Mr Wyatt.
Comments attributed to Western Australian Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"It is fantastic to see the program helping to make Western Australia a more attractive place for tourists by providing funding for significant tourism infrastructure across the State," said Minister Papalia.
"As part of the 2017-18 State Budget, the Swan Valley is set to receive $1.4 million for a coordinated and sustained tourism strategy in a bid to bring more visitors to the region and provide a major boost for local jobs.
"Together with the TDDI funding for walk and cycle tourism trails, this will significantly reinvent the tourism experiences on offer in the Swan Valley and meet visitor needs.
"Tourism is a key pillar of the State Government's plan to diversify the economy and create jobs. The industry contributed $10.1 billion in visitor spend in 2016-17 and generates around 109,000 jobs."
WA Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600