Tourism grants to flow

The Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park and the Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park will soon receive Federal Government grants to improve their facilities, North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.

The grants to businesses in the Kennedy electorate will help them create more innovative and more attractive tourism destinations, Senator Macdonald said.

While we are all aware of the importance of mining and agriculture in the electorate of Kennedy, tourism also has a big part to play and grants like these will have a positive and direct impact.

The grants, announced earlier this year, were allocated under a scheme called Tourism Quality Projects, designed to improve the quality of the visitor experience, and the new government has decided to honour them in order to provide certainty to the tourism sector.

Under the scheme, the Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park will receive $106,339.70 to improve accessibility, including the construction of accessible beach-hut cabins, an access ramp to the pool, disabled awareness training, a re-fit of the camp kitchen and a beach wheelchair.

At the BIG4 Atherton Woodlands Tourist Park, the grant of $79,349.60 will go the construction of an Eco Family cottage to provide an innovative option for accommodation on the Tableland.

This will be the last round of Tourism Quality grants, said Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb.

The Government believes that tourism is one of Australias real economic strength although it has faced challenging times recently, partly because of a persistently high dollar,Senator Macdonald said.

We are looking at other ways to deliver tourism grants through targeted, demand-driven infrastructure but we are still in a consultation phase.

Our aim is to ensure the benefits of any government investment can be multiplied across the tourism sector, including accommodation, aviation and hospitality.

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