PICTURED: Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor Cr Wayne Bedggood, Member for New England Barnaby Joyce and Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen at White Park redevelopment where seating capacity is being increased.
Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce, and State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, announced that Scone’s White Park had received a grant of $124,360 in support a $248,720 project to increase seating capacity.
Mr Johnsen said the grant 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 assist the installation of new seating to cater for up to 3,000 spectators at dressage events.
“These new facilities will promote the growth of regional tourism and enable the expansion of an equine events program to include regional, state and national level competitions,” Mr Johnsen said.
Mr Joyce said the Commonwealth has allocated funding through the TDDI to state and territory governments for tourism infrastructure projects where project proponents provide or source matching funding.
“This funding also supports 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).
“This program is national, with 41 projects supported in NSW by the TDDI and funded to the sum of $9.25 million,” Mr Joyce said.
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 projects like this are 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.