Major boost for SA tourism projects

10 August 2012

South Australian tourism projects have received close to $1 million in federal T-QUAL grants.

Minister for Tourism Gail Gago welcomed the allocation of $942,161 in tourism quality grants for 12 exciting projects across the state.

“Successful projects include further development of Seppeltsfield Wines and Chateau Tanunda Estate in the Barossa, along with establishment of platinum eco-friendly accommodation at Paringa,” Minister Gago said.

“Grants will also support conversion of the Glen Roy Shearing Shed in Coonawarra to an interactive community facility focused on food and wine, along with construction of a purpose-built cellar door at Ngeringa Vineyards at Mount Barker.”

South Australia registered 15.5 per cent of eligible T-QUAL applications and received 12.4 per cent of the $6.7 million allocated.

“Significantly, three of the 12 successful South Australian applications are for digital projects,” Minister Gago said.

“These include commercialisation of the Great Australian Journeys website, and support for the South Australian Tourism Industry Council to run digital seminars and workshops for tourism operators.”

T-QUAL grants offer matched funding between $15,000 and $100,000 for smaller scale projects that lift the quality and variety of Australia’s tourism experiences.

A total of 350 grant applications were submitted in the latest round. Minister Gago said the South Australian Tourism Commission and the federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism ran a T-QUAL information session in June for about 30 tourism operators.

“I congratulate our state’s T-QUAL grant recipients and look forward to seeing their projects take shape,” Minister Gago said.

A list of successful South Australian projects is attached to the media release.

Read more information about T-QUAL.

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