Major funding boost for SA tourism infrastructure project on the Limestone Coast

04 May 2017

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

A major South Australian tourism project on the Limestone Coast has received a funding boost of nearly $1.4 million in the third round (2016-17) of the Australian Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure programme (TDDI).

The Australian Government and the State Government are providing funding for a range of projects around the State under the third round of this programme including upgrading facilities at Naracoorte Caves. The Australian Government is providing $600,000 and the State Government is providing $785,000.

Through the TDDI project almost $3.99 million Commonwealth funding is being invested over 4 years in South Australia.

The $1.4 million stage of the Naracoorte Caves Visitor Precinct Upgrade has three main parts.

The first part is Stage 2 of the Cave Loop Trail project to complete the trail upgrade. The work includes the construction of viewing platforms, lighting, seating and safety fencing.

The second part is the extension of the trail to the Wet Cave and the Cathedral Caves.

The third part is the design, production and installation of interpretation and way finding signage across the main visitor centre precinct and along the Cave Loop Trail, as well as new main entry signage. The works are on track to be completed by the end of June this year.

Nationwide, $43.1 million is being invested in the TDDI programme over four years.

Quotes attributable to SA Tourism Minister Leon Bignell
A strong tourism sector is vital for South Australia and we are committed to investing in our State’s economic future. By upgrading and maintaining our infrastructure we can ensure we offer visitors an excellent experience.

Our regions are a key asset and we are committed to promoting these through our year round marketing campaigns highlighting our state’s natural assets and playing to the strengths of our nature based tourism strategy.

The State Government understands the importance of the tourism industry to the visitor economy and has invested an extra $70 million to market our State across Australia and internationally, as well as attracting major events and conferences

Quotes attributable to SA Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter
The Naracoorte Caves are not only a jewel in South Australia’s tourism crown, but an important historical site that is millions of years old.

We’re making sure that this site is protected and that species such as the critically-endangered microbats have a place to call home, while also working hard to improve the visitor experience.

It’s all part of nature-based tourism agenda, which invests in our natural wonders and encourages tourists and locals alike to visit them.

Quotes attributable to Federal Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt
The investment of $600,000 in the Naracoorte Caves Visitor Precinct comes from the Coalition Government's Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure program.

The upgrade will provide an improved visitor experience with high quality facilities at this World Heritage site.

This program ensures government investments are focused on tourism projects that have benefits across the tourism sector.

These investments are complemented by the Coalition Government's record $639 million investment in Tourism Australia to market Australia overseas.

Spending by international tourists in South Australia is up 33 per cent since the Coalition Government was elected, and this spending is a great driver for the South Australian economy.

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin
This is a fantastic example of governments working together to achieve real outcomes for regions.

The Naracoorte Caves are a critical tourism attraction for Naracoorte and a core attraction in the wider Limestone Coast tourism region. Upgrades to this site will increase visitor numbers and length of stay which is great news for businesses in Naracoorte and the broader Limestone Coast.

I’m pleased the Federal Government has chosen to invest in this project that will drive economic growth in our region.

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