NEW PROJECTS BOOST VICTORIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY AND JOBS

The enviable tourism offering of the Gippsland has been given a further boost, with the Victorian Government committing $1.97 million towards two projects in Gippsland, at Gabo Island and Foster.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett today welcomed funding for these exciting projects as part of the $46 million Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round aimed at delivering a charge to the visitor economy while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic.

$1.5 million has been provided for the Gabo Island Light House Accommodation Upgrade. This project will involve the refurbishment of accommodation and visitor facilities to create a unique wildlife viewing experience and potential for a Victorian lighthouse accommodation trail.

$470,000 has been provided for the Gurneys “The Arches” Experience, Foster. As the world’s largest underground cider cellar, this project will allow Gurneys Cider in Foster to increase annual product production, which will have significant positive flow on effects on broader tourism including attracting an additional 25,000 visitors to the region per year.
The Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round will support the development of 30 projects across the state.

It forms part of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package and delivers the first infrastructure outcome of the program after the resounding success of the Melbourne and regional travel voucher schemes.

To see a complete list of projects supported by the fund’s stimulus round, visit djpr.vic.gov.au/significantprojects/regional-tourism-investment-fund.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“Our A-grade tourism offering will go to the next level with these exciting works.”

“The government is well aware of the impacts of coronavirus on the tourism sector – that’s why we are investing to ensure it continues to rebound.”

“These works will provide crucial jobs in construction while bolstering our region’s tourism appeal and bolstering jobs into the future.