The successful applicants of the first round of the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund
(TIRF) Grants Program were announced today at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra.
The Minster for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, congratulated the successful applicants and emphasised the importance of investment in quality tourism products.
“This first round of the TIRF program will see 65 tourism projects offered $13.1 million in government funding, with a total investment value over $141 million,” Minister Ferguson said.
“The funded projects will deliver a wide range of projects, including new and upgraded accommodation, innovative new attractions for visitors – such as water parks, playgrounds, agri-tourism ventures, wilderness camps and adventure trails - and new conference and function facilities.”
Successful projects are spread across Australia, with 14 in New South Wales, 11 in both Queensland and Western Australia, ten in South Australia, eight in Victoria, seven in Tasmania, and one in the Northern Territory.
Minister Ferguson also opened the 2013 round of the T-QUAL Grants—Tourism Quality Projects (TQP) Program and invited tourism businesses to submit applications.
“This is the third round of the T-QUAL Grants—TQP Program, which offers tourism industry operators the chance to apply for matched dollar-for-dollar grants of between $15,000 and $100,000 for innovative and high quality tourism projects,” said Minister Ferguson.
“In previous rounds, we have funded projects that have generated benefits not only for the successful applicants, but for their local and regional economies.
“The Australian Government has committed $40 million for T-QUAL Grants over four years with 77 projects offered a total of $6.7 million of funding in the 2012 round.”
Applications for the 2013 round of T-QUAL Grants—TQP Program close on
3 May 2013. The application form, program guidelines, and other explanatory material can be found at www.ret.gov.au/tqual.
Further information is available to applicants by calling the T-QUAL Grants Hotline on
(02) 6243 7604 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A list of the recipients of the TIRF grants is available at www.ret.gov.au/tirfgrants.