New tourism grants to boost region’s infrastructure

June 19, 2024 BY

THE Victorian government has launched a new round of grants aimed at supporting tourism operators in the region to build and upgrade infrastructure, ensuring long-term growth and sustainability in the industry.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos announced the opening of applications for the

Regional Tourism Investment Fund during a visit to Penguin Parade at Phillip Island.

The Fund offers grants of up to $5 million for a variety of projects, including small and large-scale initiatives and accommodation improvements.

Phillip Island Nature Parks, a top wildlife attraction with over 900,000 annual visitors, is benefiting from a $5 million upgrade funded through a previous round.

Enhancements include a new accessible boardwalk, penguin viewing stands, and additional seating to improve the visitor experience and protect penguin habitats by reducing erosion.

Dimopoulos highlighted the importance of these investments for the state’s tourism sector.

“Victoria’s visitor economy is growing, and we want to ensure that tourism businesses right across the state have the support they need to create projects that attract visitors, boost jobs and secure their future,” he said.

Grants are available for tourism businesses, not-for-profits, and Traditional Owner organisations. The funding is divided into three streams: small-scale projects ($100,000 to $1 million), large-scale projects ($1 million to $5 million), and accommodation improvements ($500,000 to $2 million).

Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said every community across regional Victoria had a story to tell.

“This helps tourism operators, businesses, Traditional Owner organisations to showcase our offerings to more locals and visitors,” she said.

The Fund supports the priorities outlined in the Experience Victoria 2033 strategic plan, which includes First People’s led experiences, wellness, arts and culture, food and drink, and nature.

Applications are open from until July 19. For more information, head to tourism.vic.gov.au.