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Projects that will bring visitors from far and wide to our region are set for a major funding boost, thanks to the NSW Government’s $150 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the Regional Tourism Activation Fund had already funded a great project in Tamworth and he expected Round Two to fund projects to further boost local tourism.

“Tamworth’s CBD will soon be a more accessible place thanks to Round 1 of the Regional Tourism Activation Fund with $252,150 going towards the Changing Places Facility in Bicentennial Park last year,” Mr Anderson said.

“Round two gives our region the opportunity to fund new and exciting opportunities to boost accessibility and develop unique tourist experiences that will be a drawcard for visitors Australia-wide.

“We live in a region that is blessed with great natural assets that sell themselves. Anything we can do to draw more tourists to the region is a huge plus for local businesses and I look forward to seeing our region get its fair share in this round of funding.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the Regional Tourism Activation Fund supports local economies and jobs by backing unique tourism experiences that will attract visitors and showcase what our regions have to offer.

“Regional NSW has the best destinations and experiences on offer across Australia, so it makes sense that we invest in new high impact projects that will drive tourism dollars into the regions,” Mr Toole said.

“In Round One, we supported more than 30 projects investing close to $30 million to bring visitors to the regions, including major upgrades to the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Outback Visitor Centre in Broken Hill that is expected to attract thousands of people each year.

“Every dollar spent by visitors at local shops, cafes, accommodation and visitor attractions provides a much-needed boost to our regional economies following COVID-19 and severe weather events that have hampered the tourism industry in NSW.”

The latest round of the fund is for high-impact projects that will increase visitor numbers, spending and the length time people are staying in regional NSW.

The $150 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund Round Two is part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund.

Applications for Round Two of the Regional Tourism Activation Fund open Tuesday 2 August 2022 and close on 27 September 2022 at 5pm.

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