Tasmania launches $1.5m Regional Events Recovery Grant Fund as it aims to become carbon neutral

Tasmania’s Minister for Hospitality and Events Sarah Courtney has announced that $1.5 million will be made available in a Regional Events Recovery Fund to support organisers to undertake activities that contribute to the sustainability of events in regional areas.

“Tasmania’s events landscape has been hit hard through COVID-19, and while we have invested $4 million under our Events Attraction Fund to strengthen the regional events calendar, we will do more,” she said.

“That’s why and will support the tourism and hospitality sectors.”

Start-up or existing events held in regions across the State may be eligible to receive support under the Fund to assist with marketing activities or to engage short-term personnel to provide specialist advice in areas such as business development, risk management and evaluation measures to help improve long-term sustainability.

“Our government recognises the important role events will play in restoring visitation and stimulating the economy as we welcome visitors back to our State,” Courtney said.

Premier Peter Gutwein said Tasmania’s tourism industry will continue to be a major focus for the government.

“We have had an incredibly tough year but the future is bright – we have a strong plan to secure Tasmania’s future, which includes support our vital tourism industry,” he said.

“We will provide the industry with $8 million in innovation and development grants to enable key projects across the State to be realised. This will be vital to ensuring we have the right attractions and opportunities for visitors to continue enhancing our world-class experience reputation.

“We are also committing $4 million to provide direct financial support to tourism and hospitality businesses that are identified as critical to regional visitor attraction. Final eligibility criteria assessment will be conducted by a panel including Tourism Tasmania and industry representatives, with grants of up to $100,000 available per business.

“Importantly, the industry will set a target to become a carbon neutral destination by 2025, to appeal to both domestic and international travellers. We will provide $1.5 million to assist tourism operators to undertake the first step and complete a carbon audit and formulate a pathway for them to achieve a standard of operation that will be globally recognised.”