Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund
The NSW Government's $110 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund supports regional tourism by funding critical visitor economy infrastructure projects such as rail trails, airports and cruise terminals. Improving infrastructure assists in attracting more visitors to regional NSW and makes it a more attractive place to live and work.
The Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund was announced in the state’s 2014-15 budget and is administered by Infrastructure NSW with support from the Department of Industry.
The Tumbarumba to Rosewood rail trail proposal was selected to proceed to the next stage of the pilot process. It was the strongest application for funding, demonstrating effective community consultation, a viable operating model and the ability to generate immediate economic benefits. The Tumbarumba Shire Council has been invited to work on the development of the pilot project with other NSW Government agencies.
Regional airport infrastructure
The NSW Government has committed $70 million for upgrades to 27 regional airport projects that will boost their capacity and safety and increase their ability to attract visitors to regional NSW. The projects include passenger terminal upgrades, improved lighting to support airport expansion, and expanding runways or aircraft parking to accommodate larger planes.
Confirmed regional airport infrastructure projects:
Stage 1: Albury, Armidale, Ballina Byron Gateway, Bourke, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Griffith, Lightning Ridge, Lismore, Lord Howe Island, Merimbula, Moree, Narrandera, Newcastle, Tamworth, Taree, and Wagga Wagga.
Stage 2: Armidale, Ballina Byron Gateway, Merimbula, Moruya, Mudgee, Orange, Port Macquarie, Snowy Mountains, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga.
Regional airports upgrade funding stage one - video
The NSW Government is considering how best to allocate funding for regional cruise infrastructure.