Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund

The $110 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund was announced by the NSW Government in the 2014/15 Budget and supports the development and growth of regional tourism by investing in critical visitor economy infrastructure. The Fund aims to assist the Government meet its NSW 2021 target of doubling overnight visitor stays and expenditure and boosting the visitor economy and regional tourism.

The Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund is administered by Infrastructure NSW with support from the Department of Industry.

Rail trails

Following a competitive expression of interest process, the Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail proposal was selected to proceed to the next stage of this pilot process. It was the strongest application for funding, demonstrating effective community consultation, a viable operating model and the ability to generate immediate economic benefits. The Tumbarumba Shire Council has been invited to work on the development of the pilot project with other NSW Government agencies.

For more information, read the media release about the Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail.

Regional airport infrastructure

On 16 December Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro announced that 17 successful regional airport projects had been approved to receive $35 million from the Government's Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

The 17 regional airport infrastructure projects to progress immediately will be at Albury, Armidale, Ballina Byron Gateway, Bourke, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Griffith, Lightning Ridge, Lismore, Lord Howe Island, Merimbula, Moree, Narrandera, Newcastle, Tamworth, Taree, and Wagga Wagga.

A further ten projects submitted by Armidale, Ballina Byron Gateway, Merimbula, Moruya, Mudgee, Parkes, Port Macquarie, Snowy Mountains, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga as part of this round of detailed regional airport infrastructure proposals require additional information to be provided for further consideration for funding, with final assessment of these projects expected to be completed in the New Year.

View the media release.

View the Regional Airports fact sheet.

View the regional airports map.

Regional Airports upgrade funding stage one - video

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Cruise terminals

The Government is considering how best to allocate funding for regional cruise infrastructure.