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The Hon. John Moore MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism
Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers for the Environment, Sport, Territories, and Local Government
5 June 1997
Queensland has attracted $666 500 in Federal funding under the highly competitive National Tourism Development Program (NTDP).
The Federal Minister for Tourism, John Moore, announced today the first round of grants under the two-year, $10.4 million NTDP, which aims to support sustainable tourism development in areas outside of Australia's major urban centres and international tourist gateways.
Senator Macdonald said the largest grant, $400 000, would go to the Mount Isa City Council to help build the North-west Queensland Underground Mining World at Mt Isa.
"This major project involves the development of an underground drive which will connect the Frank Aston Underground Museum with the Riversleigh Fossils Tourist Precinct. The 300-metre drive will feature a series of alcoves with displays highlighting Mt Isa's rich mining history," he said.
"Other grants include $100 000 to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority for further work under its Reef Protection Program, and $94 500 to the Queensland Department of the Environment for a self- guiding walk at Cape Hillsborough National Park.
"The Caravan Industry Australia will use a $72 000 grant to devise an accreditation program for caravan tourist parks."
Mr Moore said the economic and social benefits of well-planned tourism, including job creation for young people, provided enormous opportunities to revitalise regional Australia.
"More and more international visitors are seeking to experience the 'real' Australia beyond our major urban centres. And the number of domestic tourists travelling in their own country is also increasing.
"All these people are discovering the joys of visiting our rural and regional areas."
Senator Macdonald congratulated the successful applicants on the quality of their proposals, saying that more than 300 applications Australia-wide had been received for the NTDP grants, with funding going to 40 projects. Further details of the Queensland projects to receive NTDP funding are attached.
Contact: Rob Anderson, Minister's Office, 06 277 7580
Brad Robinson, Senator Macdonald's Office, 077 713 066
Cathy Parsons, Office of National Tourism, 06 279 7145