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Coalition grants to drive Durack tourism

Four tourism businesses in Durack will each be receiving grants of $110,000, under a Coalition Government scheme designed to improve the quality of the visitor experience in Australia, according to Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price.

“The scheme, known as the T-QUAL Grants—Tourism Quality Projects (TQP) Program, will provide a significant boost to Australian tourism, with 88 businesses set to receive various grants totalling $8.5 million, to upgrade the quality of their operations,” Ms Price said.

“To be successful in the application round, tourism operators had to show how they would use the funds to create innovative projects which were of high quality.”

The announcement was made by Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb in a move to help Australia’s tourism operators create more attractive and innovative tourism destinations.

“Whether it’s upgrading accommodation facilities, modernising to embrace the digital age of tourism, or developing a brand new tourist attraction, this funding has a positive and direct impact on business,” Mr Robb said.

“The Government has decided it was important to provide certainty to the tourism sector by honouring these grants, which were announced earlier this year.”

The four recipients in the electorate of Durack to each gain $110,000 in the 2013 round are:

  • Wandjina Tours - The design and construction of cyclone proof accommodation and bathroom, and dining and kitchen facilities for overnight stays by visitors on the Wandjina Tours cultural immersion tours. This project continues the upgrade and expansion of infrastructure at the site.
  • Cable Beach Caravan Park Trust - The extension of an existing building to create an improved reception area, café and tourism product outlet. The new facilities will be located at the front of the park and will be able to service the requirements of people staying in the park and those staying nearby.
  • Bali Hai Resort & Spa (Broome) - Replacement of the kitchens in self-contained villas at the Bali Hai Resort and Spa to cater for the needs of Asian visitors. The new kitchens will be built using bamboo and incorporate features such as wok ovens. The project aims to increase the number of bookings from Asian markets particularly China.
  • Point Samson Whale Conservation, Art and Visitors Centre with Café - Develop the Whale Watchers Centre, a unique building located at The Cove Holiday Village. The centre will have three levels incorporating a whale viewing platform, a café and alfresco area and a whale conservation, art and visitor centre.
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