Cash splash to aid tourism, says MP
January 10, 2019
Shark Bay, Sandstone, Chapman Valley, Mullewa, Geraldton and Irwin Shire have all received Commonwealth grants for community facilities.
Member for Durack Melissa Price said the projects would increase tourism and add economic benefit to the towns they were in.
The Shire of Shark Bay in the Gascoyne received $20,000 to design interpretive trails and lookout shelters aimed at enhancing visitors' appreciation of local marine, flora and fauna environments.
Sandstone Shire had $9825 towards the cost of converting the old school into accommodation for groups that might not use traditional or caravan park accommodation.
Mullewa Community Resource Centre and Visitor Centre received $4730 for interpretive wall panels answering visitors' frequently asked questions and an interactive wall map identifying changed conditions and wildflower hot spots.
Irwin Shire has $5600 for an art walk, with 10 local artists' and community groups art installations to add to tourist walking trails.
Chapman Valley Shire received $12,000 towards the upgrade and expansion of the 69-year-old Exhibition Hall at Nabawa for the annual Chapman Valley Show, which celebrates its 70th anniversary next year.
The City of Greater Geraldton has $20,000 for a pedestrian wayfinding system to encourage walking and cycling accessibility, and wayfinding for existing residents and visitors.
Ms Price said eligible applicants could apply for funding from $2500 to $20,000 if they could demonstrate matched funding for the project, in cash or in-kind.
The grants are for capital expenditure on projects that deliver social benefits and improve community participation and cohesion.
Source - Midwest Times, Geraldton