January 19, 2024


One in every 11 jobs in regional Victoria exists because of tourism, and the Allan Labor Government is bringing even more regional tourism projects to life.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas has launched the latest round of the Enabling Tourism Fund, which is all about getting the most exciting regional tourism ideas off the ground and ready for investment.

It has already supported the Bendigo Art Gallery and other projects across the state.The new round of funding announced today will make available up to $8 million to create a pipeline of more tourism infrastructure and more jobs.

Grants between $20,000 and $500,000 are open to tourism businesses, not-for-profit and Traditional Owner organisations, and more.The grants will be delivered in two streams: the first providing support to test the concept of a large new infrastructure project like a feasibility study or masterplan.

The second stream funds detailed design packages, funding strategies or community engagement plans. Both are vital to attracting greater investment and getting projects off paper.

The fund is guided by five priorities of experiences that Victoria does best – First Peoples-led experiences, wellness, arts and culture, food and drink, and nature.

A new guide for tourism operators will also help them deliver projects that are ready for investment,delivering a great return and an even better experience for visitors.

The fund is one of the many things the Allan Labor Government is doing for regional tourism, with Bendigo’s new planetarium now twice its size thanks to the Regional Tourism Investment Fund.Applications for the Enabling Tourism Fund are open until Friday, 28 March 2024. For more information on the grants and the new guide, visit www.tourism.vic.gov.au

Quote attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“From iconic Hanging Rock to spas and retreats in Daylesford and Hepburn, we know how amazing our local towns are for tourist visitors. These grants are an important step in welcoming more tourists, and supporting our local economy as we share our fantastic region with the world."

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