Grant program to help get tourists back into the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains

Monday, 09 March 2020

Blue Mountains City Council and Hawkesbury City Coucil are encouraged to apply for grants to support the local tourism industry and local communities.

The Councils have been invited to apply for the Morrison Government’s Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants which are focused on encouraging tourists to return to the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains in the wake of the bushfires.

Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said tourism was the lifeblood of many fire-affected communities and the aim of the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants (RTBR) program was to get tourists back into these regions.

“We know tourism businesses in fire-affected communities are currently doing it tough,” Minister Birmingham said.

“This program is about encouraging international and domestic tourists to visit these regions and more importantly put tourism dollars back into these local economies, especially outside of regular peaks visitor periods.

“These grants will help support the development of unique experiences such as events, concerts, permanent visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks, as well as local tourism promotions.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the structure of the grant program would help ensure funding would flow quickly.

“The Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury have so much to offer, and this grant program will help re-energise the region,” Senator Payne said.

“In my numerous meetings with locals, it has been made clear that there is a need for funding to support events that are both big and small – this grant program aims to do both, and in an inclusive way.

“I strongly encourage eligible applicants, including Blue Mountains City Council and Hawkesbury City Council, to consider applying for the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants.”

To ensure communities can get access to funds quickly, the first stage of the grants program will focus on grants of up to $30,000, and events up to April 2020 with a streamlined application and assessment process facilitating decisions.

Applications for Stream 1, which will support smaller scale events, close on 20 November 2020 and the event must be held by 30 May 2021.

Applications for Stream 2, which will support larger events and initiatives and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks, close on 20 March 2021 and the project must be complete by 30 May 2021.

The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants (RTBR) forms part of the Morrison Government’s $76 million tourism recovery package to help get the tourism industry back on its feet.

For further information on the RTBR grants program visit: https://www.austrade.gov.au/…/regional-tourism-bushfire-rec….

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