WA visitor centres receive boost

Collie has been selected as one of 36 regional centres to receive funding for their visitor’s centresfrom the State Government.
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The government has invested $4.2 million over three years in regional visitor centre projects as part of the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant program.

The funding was assisted by Tourism WA and the Royalties for Regions program.

Collie Visitor’s Centre manager Fran Kenneally said the grants provide an important service for tourism resources throughout WA.

“These grants, that Royalties for Regions and Tourism WA have put out, have sort of been able to help us to apply for something that can help our sustainability,” she said.

Ms Kenneally said the centre applied for funding to sustain the locomotive display and build a pathway for disability access around the attraction.

“Hopefully that will draw more people to the locomotives and the visitor’s centre and, as a consequence, come into the visitor’s centre and use the centre,” she said.

“The more people that come through our doors, spend money, it helps our sustainability and also it has a flow-on effect for the community because people come in here and it’sour jobto try to encourage them to spend more time in Collie and in the local community.”

$1.05 million was reserved for the 2016-17 Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants program funding pool, with grants between $40,000 and $100,000 available for accredited visitors centres and local government authorities.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the funding was designed to assist regional visitor’s centres across the state with sustainability initiatives including on-site attractions, technology and interior redesign.

“Visitor centres have a wealth of local knowledge that help visitors discover the best of what the regions have to offer,” he said.

“This Royalties for Regions investment contributes to a strengthened and sustainable regional economy through investment in tourism development.”

2017-18 funding applicationswill open in March.

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