Funding to create sustainable visitor centres in regional WA

Regional visitor centres across the State can now apply for a share of $1.05 million for innovative projects that make them more sustainable and adaptable in a changing tourism environment.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia encouraged all regional visitor centres to apply for the final round of the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, worth $4.2 million over three years.

The program is made possible by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia and Royalties for Regions.

The second funding round in 2016-17 supported 36 visitor centres across the State, including Halls Creek, Busselton, Merredin, Kalbarri, Meekatharra and Geraldton.

Accredited visitor centres or local government authorities can apply for grants between $5,000 and $100,000.  Non-accredited centres working towards accreditation can apply for grants between $5,000 and $40,000.

Applications for the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program close at 5pm on Friday June 16, 2017.  For more information, visit

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
“Tourism is a key economic driver for Western Australia and plays a vital role in diversifying the State’s economy and creating new jobs.

visitors spent $10 billion in the State, including $4.7 billion in regional areas.  The industry also generates more than 97,000 jobs.

“The importance of visitor centres cannot be understated as they inject $117 million into the State’s economy and generate more than 900 jobs.”

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“This program will give regional tourism a new spark.

“We need our visitor centres to be moving with new tourism trends – this fund will help them be flexible and creative.”


Source: Government of Western Australia Media Statement


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