Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the Upper Hunter Shire Council had received a grant of $171,400 to support a $342,800 project to support a new visitor centre at Scone Regional Airport.
Mr Johnsen said the grant support was from the 2017/18 round of the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program, a Commonwealth funded initiative administered by the State Government to support tourism projects that drive demand and increase local tourism expenditure.
“This project is to develop the architectural design and detailed construction drawings for a proposed Aviation Visitor Attraction at the Scone Regional Airport, creating three new full-time roles.
“The facility design will include space for a cafe, gift shop, function centre and interactive aircraft display, creating new opportunities for the local economy and tourism industry,” Mr Johnsen said.
Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the Commonwealth has allocated funding through the TDDI to state and territory governments for tourism infrastructure projects where project proponents provide or source matching funding.
“This funding will support the delivery of projects that contribute to Tourism 2020 outcomes, namely to achieve more than $115 billion in overnight visitor spending by 2020 (up from $70 billion in 2009).
“This program is national, with 41 projects supported in NSW by the TDDI and funded to the sum of $9.25 million,” Mr Joyce said.
Mr Johnsen noted that the tourism sector is worth $33.2 billion per year in international and domestic visitor expenditure to the NSW economy and directly employs 164,000 people.
“This project, along with the White Park grandstand seating project in Scone, aims to assist our local communities and economies to grow and prosper, and allows them to take advantage of the growing and important tourism trade in NSW.
“Tourism in rural and regional Australia relies on those hard-working local individuals and businesses across our communities who work tirelessly to deliver world-class tourism experiences like this one, and I am proud that the Nationals in Government are delivering for our communities” Mr Johnsen concluded.