$2 million funding boost to build tourism infrastructure

10 April 2015

Joint Media Statement

More than $2 million will be spent on new infrastructure – including bike and wilderness trails - in four South Australian regions in order to attract more tourists to our state.

The funding is a partnership between the Federal and State governments as part of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme.

The projects to receive funding this year are:

  • Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail
  • Mount Lofty International Mountain Bike Destination
  • Bat Observation System at Naracoorte Caves National Park
  • Road upgrades at Innes National Park
Federal Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb AO MP said the Federal Government was providing $34 million in TDDI funding over four years to the states and territories.

“This is a new and much more targeted way of delivering funding to drive tourism growth. The Commonwealth is very keen to support the development of infrastructure that drives tourism demand,” Mr Robb said.

“Tourism is already our largest services export and South Australia has some of the best natural assets in the world.

“Last year, 100 million Chinese went on an international holiday and this is set to double to 200 million. This is a case of, if you build it, they will come.”

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the four projects were part of the State Government’s plan to build an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020.

“A strong tourism sector is vital to the State’s economic future. One of the ways we are capitalising on this is by promoting nature-based tourism opportunities in and around the state’s national parks, marine parks and reserves.

“Last year tourism generated $5.2 billion in expenditure for our economy. This injection of federal funding will help create more jobs in our regions in the tourism sector.”

Last week, the State Government released a survey and discussion paper to more than 5,000 tourism industry representatives. They were asked how government, industry and the community can work together to unlock the potential of nature based tourism.

The Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Funding projects are:

Kangaroo lsland Wilderness Trail
The Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail is a 63km world-class iconic multi-day walk on Kangaroo Island. It will traverse pristine coastal wilderness of Kangaroo Island predominantly within the Flinders Chase National Park.
The initial stage of the project will cost $1 million and will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth and State Government.
Funds will be used towards constructing approximately 20kms of the trail, designing infrastructure and creating campsite access tracks.

Mount Lofty International Mountain Bike Destination
In early 2014 the State Government committed to the development of the Mount Lofty Ranges as an international destination for mountain bike riders.
Joint funding of $400,000 will be for construction of trails at two sites - Shepherds Hill Recreation Park and Sturt Gorge Recreation Park.

Innes National Park Road Upgrade
Rebuilding and upgrading of an unsealed 3km stretch of road from the Pondalowie Bay Surf Break Car Park to Shell Beach within Innes National Park.
The project will also rebuild and upgrade the access road into Dolphin Bay. This means access will be improved to two campgrounds and will provide all-weather, safe and reliable access for all vehicle types to the entire park. Project cost is $560,000.

Bat Observation System at Naracoorte Caves National Park
A new state of-the-art, technologically advanced observation and surveillance system will replace the existing 20-year old system. The project cost is $60,000.

Joint Media Statement
MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Minister for Tourism
Minister for Recreation and Sport
Hon Leon Bignell MP

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