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Media Release
Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers
for the Environment, Sport, Territories
and Local Government

'Budget rocket' for Rockhampton's tourism operators

14th May 1997

Rockhampton's tourism operators have received a major boost from the Coalition Government with two exciting tourism initiatives unveiled in the Federal Budget.

Northern- based Liberal Senator, Ian Macdonald, says the National Tourism Development Program, with an allocation of $5.2 million in 1997/98 will benefit regional tourism through the economic dispersal of the benefits of tourism throughout the region.

"This program will ensure the development of effective infrastructure development and rural and regional tourism product, and the expansion of facilities in these regions.

"By doing so we will encourage more domestic and international visitors to visit non- - metropolitan Australia.

"The program will be geared to support projects in the four major areas of infrastructure development, managing tourism in natural environments, Indigenous tourism enterprise development, and national industry development and coordination.

"Business and Tourist groups interested in these programs should prepare their submissions now. Details are available from the office of National Tourism on 06 279 7111."

Senator Macdonald says this initiative goes hand-in- glove with the Federal Government's announcement that it will provide $14.72 million over seven years to establish a Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism.

"This Commonwealth contribution combined with cash and in-kind contributions from appropriate industry and business groups will see an expanded investment in travel and tourism research over the next seven years.

"This will benefit Australia enormously in that it will generate a much clearer picture of how we can meet the challenge of matching crucial environmental and business considerations.

"The more we know about this, the better it is for Rockhampton's tourism operators and Rockhampton's environment".

For more information contact Brad Robinson, 06 277 3665; 0418 673 600

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