Declaration – New funding helps tourism recover better

A co-funded $7 million tourism recovery and resilience package is supporting the state’s tourism industry to better recover, reduce extreme climate disruption and protect our great Queensland way of life.

Federal Emergency Management Minister Senator Murray Watt said the aid would help tourism operators in Queensland build disaster resilience following the 2021-22 extreme floods and cyclones.

“Ensuring that our tourism infrastructure is robust and ready for the next inevitable disaster is critical to the continued viability of the sector,” Minister Watt said.

“The largest component of the new $7 million tourism recovery and sustainability package is a $5 million Building Sustainable Tourism Infrastructure (BRTI) fund, which opens for applications from Friday, September 23, 2022 and closes on the 28 October 2022

“This will provide funding for affected tourism businesses to build their resilience and support their response to future floods and natural disasters through innovative solutions, including bespoke engineering solutions and improved business response to disasters.”

The tourism recovery and sustainability package is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Grant funding of $20,000 to $150,000 will be considered for eligible tourism business resilience projects in 37 declared disaster-affected local government areas in 2021-22, including:

  1. Rainfall and flooding in central, southern and western Queensland
  2. Former Tropical Cyclone Seth
  3. Rainfall and flooding in South East Queensland.

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the program was designed to help tourism operators affected by extreme weather in 2021-22 accelerate longer-term resilience and recovery.

“Queenslanders know it’s not a matter of if extreme weather events happen, but when,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“From Friday, the Australian and Queensland governments are committing $5 million to help disaster-hit tourism operators get back on their feet more quickly.

“Small dikes, pumps, lifts to reduce the risk of flooding valuable equipment and alternative power supplies are examples of sustainability projects we are looking at.

“Projects may also include improvements to existing tourism infrastructure and resilience training for staff in the tourism business.

“We know these are measures that can make a huge difference to the resilience of the tourism business and reduce the pain of future extreme weather events.”

“By helping tourism operators reduce business disruptions following extreme weather, we hope to see fewer cancellations and less impact on visitor economies.”

Mr Hinchliffe said $2 million would also be invested in exploring opportunities to diversify visitor experiences in areas prone to natural disasters.

“The twin challenges of the pandemic and extreme weather events have demonstrated the built-in resilience of Queensland’s tourism operators,” he said.

“With the state’s domestic tourism recovery recovering better than before Covid-19, now is the perfect time to recover better and stronger to meet future challenges and create more good and secure jobs in tourism.”

The $7 million Tourism Recovery and Resilience Initiative is funded by the Australian and Queensland Government’s Disaster Recovery Funding Agreements (DRFA) and is part of a larger $177 million economic recovery package.

Projects under the Building Sustainable Tourism Infrastructure (BRTI) fund must start within three months of approval and be completed by June 30, 2024.

Applications for eligible tour operators open this Friday 23 September at: www.dtis.qld.gov.au/tourism/funds/resilient-tourism-infrastructure

The announced affected local authority areas can be found here: https://www.qra.qld.gov.au/funding-programs/event-specific-exceptional-circumstances-assistance/2021-22-rainfall-and-flooding

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