Regional tourism recovery package to get visitors flowing again

FUNDS: Back; Bordertown Caravan Park manager John Duff (left), Tatiara District Council CEO Anne Champness. Front; Member for Barker Tony Pasin (left), Tatiara District Council mayor Graham Excell, Tatiara District Council director of corporate and community services Kingsley Green.
FUNDS: Back; Bordertown Caravan Park manager John Duff (left), Tatiara District Council CEO Anne Champness. Front; Member for Barker Tony Pasin (left), Tatiara District Council mayor Graham Excell, Tatiara District Council director of corporate and community services Kingsley Green.

The Federal Government will inject $250 million into regional Australia to encourage more people to travel and experience a home-grown holiday.

Set to boost regional jobs and local economies, the package includes two measures.

One of the measures is a $50 million Regional Tourism Recovery initiative to assist businesses in regions heavily reliant on international tourism.

The second measure will see $200 million for an additional round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).

Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said by investing $200 million in an additional round of the BBRF the Federal Government is investing funds to secure regional Australia's future.

"This budget will set aside $200 million for projects to boost local infrastructure in regional communities, $100 million of which will be dedicated to tourism-related infrastructure," Mr Pasin said.

The targeted component of the fund will support internationally dependent tourism regions to adapt offerings, experiences and marketing.

The goal is to appeal to domestic visitors in the short-term and be in the strongest possible position to welcome back international tourists in the future.

"Barker has some of our state's, indeed our nation's, prime tourism offerings including the Barossa, the Coorong, the Riverland and the Limestone Coast," Mr Pasin said.

"Our local regions are set to benefit from increased domestic tourism and this funding aims to help boost what's already on offer.

"More local jobs, better community infrastructure and a boost to our local economy - that is exactly what the Building Better Regions Fund is all about."

Mr Pasin said there have been numerous projects throughout the electorate that have received "substantial support" from the program, including the Bordertown Caravan Park facilities upgrade.

"I look forward to seeing more of the same with another $200 million funding round confirmed," Mr Pasin said.

Round 5 of the $200 million Building Better Regions Fund will be delivered like its previous four rounds, with infrastructure project and community investment streams.

Grant opportunity guidelines will be made available shortly, consistent with the existing BBRF framework, to assist potential applicants.