Major boost for SA tourism projects

16 March 2013

South Australian tourism projects have received nearly $2.3 million in Federal Government funding through Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) grants.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell welcomed the announcement by Federal Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson, of an allocation of $2,277,882 in TIRF grants for 10 exciting projects across the state.

“South Australian projects have been awarded 17 per cent of the $13 million grant monies allocated through the new TIRF fund, which is an outstanding result,” Mr Bignell said.

“The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) works closely with tourism operators and investors to help secure private and Federal Government funding. More than 80 South Australian applications were lodged, and SA projects account for 15 per cent of the successful applications.

“This incredible result speaks volumes about both the quality of South Australian tourism products and the work the SATC is doing in assisting operators to develop strong applications.”

Successful South Australian projects include:

• A luxury tented safari camp at Wilpena Pound
• An upgrade of Kangaroo Island Lodge in American River to lift rooms to a 4 star standard
• An ugrade of Stuart Range Caravan Park in Coober Pedy to lift rooms to a 4 star standard
• Redevelopment of historic accommodation and venue facilities at Bungaree Station in Clare
• The development of a Barossa Cycle hub to provide a dedicated cycle precinct
• Refurbishments of rooms at the historic Waverley Estate in Port Elliot
• Development of the Clare, Wallaroo and Coober Pedy caravan parks
• Development of the Seppeltsfield Village Cellar Door, Centennial Cellar and restaurant

The TIRF Grants Program is in its first year, and has been established to improve tourism infrastructure such as accommodation in regional areas (including Adelaide) and for innovative new projects such as indigenous cultural experiences, implementation of new technology, themed infrastructure and online bookings.

Individual grants range from $50,000 to $250,000 with equal investment from the federal government and the operator. Over four years more than $42.9 million is available to encourage interstate and international tourism, increasing visitor numbers and expenditure.

Minister Bignell said that the strong result demonstrated the enthusiasm of the South Australian tourism industry to develop products and experiences that better attract high yield visitors.

Further information on TIRF is available at www.ret.gov.au/tirfgrants

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