Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis and Member for Bega Andrew Constance today announced Moruya based South Coast Seaplanes have received a grant of $149,000 to support a $301,000 expansion project
Mrs Sudmalis said the Commonwealth had allocated funding through the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Programme to state and territory governments for tourism infrastructure projects.
“This funding helps support our local tourism industry, it also supports the delivery of projects that contribute to Tourism 2020 outcomes, namely to achieve more than $115 billion in overnight visitor spending.
“This program is national, with 41 projects supported in NSW by the TDDI and funded to the sum of $9.25 million.
“The Coalition Government understands small businesses are the backbone of our region. We are backing small businesses to help them get ahead and create more and better paying jobs,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
Mr Constance said the grant support was from the 2017/18 round of the TDDI program, a Commonwealth funded initiative administered by the State Government to support tourism projects that drive demand and increase local tourism expenditure.
“I’m delighted to announce funding to support South Coast Seaplanes’ expansion which will include ensuite accommodation, a briefing room and refurbished amenities.
“The expansion project will help the company capture an emerging market for sky diving and encourage more domestic and international visitors to experience, explore and stay in the region.
“This is a local business investing locally and I am pleased to see the expansion of South Coast Sea Planes moving ahead and adding a further point of interest for our ever increasing tourism sector,”Mr Constance said.
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the tourism sector is worth $33.2 billion per year in international and domestic visitor expenditure to the NSW economy and directly employs 164,000 people.
“Tourism is one of our state’s most important sectors and support for projects like this is vital to help local communities and economies grow and prosper.
“At the heart of the sector’s success are the many hard-working individuals and businesses across NSW who work tirelessly to deliver world-class tourism experiences like this one,” he said.
Above: Member for Bega Andrew Constance, Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis and Eurobodalla Shire Mayor, Cr Liz Innes at the announcement today. Media Release