Scot MacDonald
21st Feb 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Port Stephens Council had received a grant of $70,000 towards a project to develop a new Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan.

Mr MacDonald said the grant support was from the 2017/18 round of the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program, a Commonwealth funded initiative administered by the State Government to support tourism projects that drive demand and increase local tourism expenditure.

“I’m delighted to announce funding to support this great project which aims to improve the visitor experience at Port Stephens,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The project will see a consultant engaged to develop a 'Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan' which will outline and make recommendations on improvements to streetscapes, view corridors and pedestrian connectivity.”

“I would like to acknowledge the role of the Mayor of Port Stephens Council, Ryan Palmer through his advocacy as part of Nelson Bay Now since it’s formation in July 2016.”

Member of the Legislative Council, The Hon Taylor Martin MLC who represented Mr MacDonald at a workshop presentation at Broughtons at the Bay in Nelson Bay this afternoon, said the TDDI is administered by the NSW Government for tourism infrastructure projects where project proponents provide funding to match the contribution provided by the Commonwealth.

“This funding will support the delivery of projects that contribute to Tourism 2020 outcomes, namely to achieve more than $115 billion in overnight visitor spending by 2020 (up from $70 billion in 2009),” Mr Martin said.

“This program is national, with 41 projects supported in NSW by the TDDI and funded to the sum of $9.25 million.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the tourism sector is worth $33.2 billion per year in international and domestic visitor expenditure to the NSW economy and directly employs 164,000 people.

“Tourism is one of our state’s most important sectors and support for projects like this is vital to help local communities and economies grow and prosper.

“At the heart of the sector’s success are the many hard-working individuals and businesses across NSW who work tirelessly to deliver world-class tourism experiences like this one,” he said.