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Australia : Regional Growth Fund promotes tourism in Bendigo

August 26, 2014

Tourism in Bendigo and the Loddon, Mt Alexander and Central Goldfields shires will receive a boost thanks to a $95,000 investment from the Victorian Coalition Government s $1 billionRegional Growth Fund.

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan joined the Liberal candidate for Bendigo West Michael Langdon in Bendigo to announce the Coalition Government s $95,000 investment in the $145,000 Bendigo Tourism Destination Management Plan.

Mr Ryan said the plan would look at ways to boost tourism in Bendigo and the Goldfields region.

Bendigo and the Goldfields region has a number of key visitor attractions including the Central Deborah Goldmine, historic buildings, the Talking Tram, nearby goldfields, museums and art galleries, magnificent parks and gardens and world-class wineries, Mr Ryan said.

While it is a popular visitor destination for many Victorians, there are always things that can be done better and new ways to attract even more visitors to the region. This plan will identify ways we can grow tourism locally.

It will also look at visitation trends and forecasts, potential product and infrastructure opportunities and barriers to investment in the region.

By looking at the whole picture we can find new strategies to grow tourism in Bendigo and the Goldfields region, encouraging more visitors, new investment and ultimately more local jobs.

Mr Ryan thanked the City of Greater Bendigo which contributed $50,000 towards the plan and will manage it in conjunction with a working group from Bendigo Regional Tourism.

The working group will also work with Loddon, Mt Alexander and Central Goldfields shire councils to ensure the plan is a detailed and targeted strategy that encourages visitors to the region to experience all of its tourist offerings, Mr Ryan said.

Mr Ryan said the Bendigo Tourism Destination Management Plan would be completed before the end of the year.

Mr Langdon said this investment was another terrific example of the Coalition Government s $1 billionRegional Growth Fund helping Bendigo become stronger.

In the City of Greater Bendigo, the Regional Growth Fund has now invested almost $15 million to support 29 projects, leveraging more than $62 million in total investment, Mr Langdon said.

Among these 29 local projects the Coalition Government has invested $2 million to enable the $3.25 millionVictorian Regional Exhibition Complex development at Bendigo Showgrounds and $2 million to support the $9.5 millionBendigo Library/Community Hub.

As the Coalition s candidate for Bendigo West I will continue to advocate strongly for Bendigo to ensure we continue to receive our share of the Regional Growth Fund.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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