Monday, 7th November 2016
Museum Gift Shop wins a Tourism WA/Royalties for Regions Grant
New Norcia is delighted to announce it has been successful in obtaining a Tourism WA / Royalties for Regions grant of $11,350 for upgrades in the Museum and Art Gallery shop and visitor centre. These funds will allow us to paint the walls, restore the wooden floors in the office/store room area, and purchase new shop fittings for the display of merchandise as recommended by the tourism WA consultants who recently assessed the MAG.
The Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, made possible by Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions, is helping visitor centres remain viable in the changing tourism landscape.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the investment of $4.2 million over three years recognised the vital role of visitor centres in boosting regional tourism and jobs.
"Research shows travellers tend to spend more time and money in an area when they use a visitor centre," Mr Barnett said.
Projects supported in the latest round include a new design and upgraded technology at Broome Visitor Centre; an internal fit-out at Derby, Aboriginal artwork and seating at Halls Creek, and new signage for the Kununurra Visitor Centre and Argyle Downs Homestead Museum.
"Tourists spent $4.5 billion in regional Western Australia in 2015-16. By offering a warm welcome and a wealth of local knowledge, visitor centres play a vital role in this important industry," the Premier said.
"Overall, visitor centres employ more than 900 local people and inject $117 million into the State's economy annually."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said more than $1 million was available in the 2016-17 round to assist regional visitor centres throughout the State with sustainability initiatives such as accreditation, renewable energy, 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," Mr Redman said.
"This Royalties for Regions investment contributes to a strengthened and sustainable regional economy through investment in tourism development."
- The funding pool for the 2016-17 Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program was $1.05 million
- Grants between $40,000 and $100,000 were available to accredited visitor centres or local government authorities
- Applications for the 2017-18 round are expected to open in March 2017
- For more information, visit http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/otherfunding