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 Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund is administered by Infrastructure NSW with support from the Department of Industry.
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.
For further information view:
- Improving infrastructure at NSW's regional airports - fact sheet
- Regional map - round 1 airport infrastructure projects
- Media release: Regional airport projects set for takeoff - 16 December 2015
Regional airports upgrade funding stage one - video
The NSW Government is considering how best to allocate funding for regional cruise infrastructure.