Gold Coast theme parks are set for a slight funding boost, to help with the upkeep of animals during the coronavirus crisis.
The federal government is set to announce a $95 million package today to help out zoos, aquariums, and other animal attractions around the country through to the other side of the crisis.
It’s understood parks such as Dreamworld, Seaworld and Paradise Country will be eligible for the funding on the Gold Coast.
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The funding is expected to cover around six months of animal welfare operating costs.
While the businesses are able to get Job Keeper payments for staff costs.
Moncrief MP Angie Bell met with themeparks recently, and according to Newscorp, played a monumental role in lobbying the government for this funding.
Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham says the initiative will provide vital assistance.
“This will be a lifeline for these popular tourism attractions across Australia who have had many of their revenue streams dry up during this crisis.
“It’s absolutely crucial our iconic zoos and aquariums can still operate on the other side and play a major role in helping our tourism industry to recover from this.
“We know our world-class zoos and aquariums are major tourism drawcards for many of our major cities and regional centres across Australia, with over 20 million visitors walking through the gates each year.
“We also shouldn’t underestimate the huge positive flow-on effects our zoos and aquariums provide to our economy.
“They bring thousands of visitors into communities who then spend millions of dollars visiting other attractions, sleeping in our hotels and dining in our restaurants,” Minister Birmingham said.