Former Destination NSW boss on bushfire grant advisory panel

An expert panel has been appointed to provide advice on the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants (RTBR) program which opened today.

Former Destination NSW boss Sandra Chipchase joins Michael Luchich (Chairman of Country Arts South Australia) and Sara Quon (Sovereign Hill Museums Association CEO) on the panel.

Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said the aim of the new program was to get tourists back into regional fire affected regions.

“We know tourism businesses in fire-affected communities are currently doing it tough,” Birmingham said.

“This program is about encouraging international and domestic tourists to visit these regions and more importantly put tourism dollars back into these local economies, especially outside of regular peaks visitor periods.

“These grants will help support the development of unique experiences such as events, concerts, permanent visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks, as well as local tourism promotions.

“The development of new visitor attractions and experiences will not only give visitors a reason to visit, but will also give these communities a positive focus as recovery efforts continue.”

The first stage of the grants program will focus on grants of up to $30,000, and events up to April 2020 with a streamlined application and assessment process facilitating decisions.