Rural Councils Victoria, which represents rural communities across the state, has welcomed the state government’s $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package to help the sector bounce back in rural and regional Victoria.
Rural Councils Victoria Chair Cr Mary-Ann Brown said:
“It has been an incredibly challenging year for tourism in rural and regional Victoria.”
“We have been speaking with the government for some time about creating a scheme that helps Victorians enjoy Victoria and we are delighted that this investment is now being made.”
“We are also pleased that the package will help tourism operators of all sizes right across the state.”
“The package has several components, ranging from investment in infrastructure, events and a voucher scheme for visitors.
“We’re really pleased to see support for a range of projects right across Victoria, from the Murray River to the Great Ocean Road and from the Grampians to Wilsons Promontory.”
“The $18.5 million Gippsland Tourism Recovery Package to help the region recover from the bushfires the pandemic, is particularly needed.”
“The marketing boost for Visit Victoria will help draw visitors from across Victoria and interstate.”
“The announcement today, with so many elements working together, is a fantastic and major first step in helping our rural and regional tourism sector recover.”
“We look forward to working with the state government to continue to identify and to address the needs of the tourism sector right across rural and regional Victoria, including upskilling the sector.”
“Most of all we would like to encourage Victorians to enjoy rural Victoria. We look forward to welcoming you back and helping you enjoy your stay.”