THE Queensland Government has officially kicked off a $36 million Growing Tourist Infrastructure Fund, designed to increase the state’s share of the international tourism market.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones opened expressions of interest today and said evaluated shortlisted applicants would be invited to provide a Full Business Case (FBC).
“This infrastructure fund which we promised during the election is designed to create new construction and operational jobs and drive more visitors to regional Queensland,” Ms Jones said.
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“We’re looking for applicants to match government support with a minimum $1 million commitment.
“Other requirements include applicants must be able to start within 12 weeks of execution and be completed by 30 June 2021.
“We’ve set these parameters to ensure we deliver the kind of infrastructure that will create jobs in our key tourism destinations.”
Ms Jones said while the guidelines were clear that applicants needed to equally match government support, there was scope for the state to consider projects with exceptional circumstances.
“The Palaszczuk Government is investing more in tourism more than any other government in Queensland’s history,” she said.
“We’re tipping in an extra $180 million in this term of government as part of our strategy to grow the state’s $25 billion tourism industry.
“This strategy revolves around developing new tourism infrastructure, attracting more direct flights to Queensland and building on our impressive calendar of major events.”
For more details about the Growing Tourism Infrastructure Fund, click here.