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Another $15 million on offer for major Queensland tourism projects

20 Mar 2024

Another $15 million is available for significant tourism infrastructure projects in Queensland that will have an immediate and lasting impact on the tourism industry, through Round 2 of the Growing Future Tourism program.

Funding of between $1 million and $4 million per project will be available, with private investment to at least match the Government’s commitment.

The projects should have a positive impact on focus areas such as coastal and marine tourism, heritage and cultural tourism, ecotourism or sustainability.

Expressions of Interest will be open for five weeks from 22 March 2024, with shortlisted candidates invited to submit a Full Business Case.

The successful recipients will be announced in September 2024, with all projects to be completed by 31 March, 2027.

Applicants who missed out on Round 1 are encouraged to re-apply, after five outstanding projects shared in $15 million funding, including:

  • New eco-cabins to be built at Australia Zoo
  • A new research and training precinct at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
  • A 42-berth marina to be built at Raptis Seafood, Murarrie
  • A Marine Tourism Hub for Flinders Street Wharves in Townsville
  • A 50-metre jetty to be constructed at Lindeman Island Resort

Those five projects will support an estimated 313 jobs during planning and construction and 669 ongoing operational jobs, while attracting more than 216,000 extra visitors per year, who will spend an additional $63 million.

The $15 million Government investment leverages a further $66 million in private investment to make them happen, building tourism infrastructure that will attract visitors long into the future.

Growing Future Tourism will help fulfil the Queensland Government’s Towards Tourism 2032 strategy and make the state Australia’s destiny of choice for quality visitor experiences by 2032, generating $44 billion in annual visitor spend.