Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced $1,332,000 in NSW Government funding for Dungog that will showcase the region’s impressive local landscape attract higher tourist numbers and create local jobs.
Mr Johnsen said that round two of the Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund grant will enable infrastructure to grow camping and outdoor recreation in Dungog and district.
“This funding, which came about as result of our local Dungog community applying for a NSW Government grant, will benefit both local usage of the site and encourage further tourist visits.
“This project is the upgrade of the camping and outdoor venues and recreation facilities at six locations across Dungog shire, all located on Crown Land,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The proposed improvements include but not limited to, improvement to access to some of the sites, improving power supplies and lighting, upgrading camp sites, creating a pump track and upgrading walking trails.
“Council anticipates the project to deliver benefits such as increased visitation and expenditure within Dungog, a diversified market base, improved safety for visitors and enhanced visitor experience.
Mr Johnsen continued, saying this is of many new projects across NSW to receive a share of the $50 million available for infrastructure projects that draw tourists from outside the region or encourage them to stay longer and spend more.
“The Nationals in Government are committed to rural and regional signature projects such as this that help to boost local tourism visitation, with countless flow-on benefits such as creating jobs for our local communities,” Mr Johnsen said.
“I congratulate Dungog on this funding win and look forward to seeing how Dungog Regional Tourism bolsters the area’s status as a holiday and tourism haven and a fantastic place to live, work and play.”
“Tourism will remain a key industry for our local regions, well into the future, and that’s why we are working to deliver these projects, to celebrate the vibrant and unique cultural and environmental assets,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
The Regional Growth Environment and Tourism Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the productivity and competitiveness of the state under Restart NSW.
For more information, visit the website: nsw.gov.au/rgetf