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Regional Tourism Fund

Regional Tourism Fund

More funding to support regional communities is being called for by the Vic Lib-Nats

Leader of the Victorian Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh yesterday joined the member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy and Wangaratta's Mayor Dean Rees to announce a $200 million plan.

The Liberal Nationals are calling for a dedicated Regional Tourism Fund to be immediately established by the Andrews Labor Government to support our country communities and bring visitors back to regional Victoria.

The Regional Tourism Fund will assist communities and small businesses that have been hit hard by drought, bushfires and now the coronavirus pandemic

Mr Walsh said they are calling on the Victorian Government to help restore regional communities and let businesses recover.

"Tens-of-thousands of regional Victorians who rely on their jobs in the tourism sector to pay the bills and put food on the table are counting on the Andrews Government to get them back to work and back in business," he said.

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Leader of the Opposition Michael O'Brien endorsed the announcement.

"With restrictions being eased, now is the time to take bold action to restore confidence and jobs to our regional economies," he said.

With an aim to return the tourism sector to June 2019 bed night accommodation levels by June 2021, this Fund should provide targeted support to tourism in different regions to:

- assist operators to get back on their feet,
- promote Victorian tourism destinations, and
- upgrade tourism related infrastructure.

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said it is essential to help businesses impacted by the current conditions

"The funding really is required to help local tourism recover and to stimulate our regional economy after the bushfires and COVID-19," he said.

The Nationals Party Regional Tourism Fund will help get Victorians living in rural and regional areas back to work and get businesses up and running again.

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