Coalition grants to drive Durack tourism
November 13, 2013
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.