Scot MacDonald
15th Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging applications from the Hunter as part of the $100 million second round of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund.

Mr MacDonald said up to $50 million will be available for regionally iconic tourism activation projects that will cost over $5 million.

“This time it’s about providing bigger grants to those signature projects that will give us the chance to cement the Hunter’s status as a holiday and tourism hot spot and an all-around fantastic place to live,” Mr MacDonald said.

“We’ve already seen what the first round can offer with $3 million for the Port Stephens Koala Hospital and Tourism Facility and $500,000 to the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia for a statewide network of disposal points.”

“I encourage the Hunter to put forward big picture projects now that will help to attract more tourists, create jobs, and showcase the impressive landscapes the Hunter has to offer.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the remaining $50 million will be available for applicants who submitted strong applications but were unsuccessful at the Expression of Interest stage in round one.

The Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects which improve the productivity and competitiveness of the state under Restart NSW.

Applications for the fund will be open from 13 August to 21 September 2018.

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