PICTURED: Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor Cr Wayne Bedggood, Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen, Member for New England Barnaby Joyce and Ross Pay from Pays Air Service
at the funding announcement for detailed design of a new visitor centre at Scone Regional Airport.
Federal Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, and State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, announced that the Upper Hunter Shire Council had received a grant of $171,400 to back a $342,800 project for a new visitor centre at Scone Regional Airport.
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.
“This project is to develop the architectural design and detailed construction drawings for a proposed Aviation Visitor Attraction at the Scone Regional Airport, creating three new full-time roles.
“The facility design will include space for a cafe, gift shop, function centre and interactive aircraft display, creating new opportunities for the local economy and tourism industry,” 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 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).
“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 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.