Regional tourism projects to the stars

One in every 11 jobs in regional Victoria exist because of tourism.

Regional tourism jobs in Macedon will receive a boost through the latest round of the Enabling Tourism Fund.

With one in every 11 jobs in regional Victoria existing because of tourism, Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas launched the funding in the aim to get the most exciting regional tourism ideas off the ground and ready for investment.

“From iconic Hanging Rock to spas and retreats in Daylesford and Hepburn, we know how amazing our local towns are for tourist visitors,” Ms Thomas said.

“These grants are an important step in welcoming more tourists, and supporting our local economy as we share our fantastic region with the world.”

The new round of funding announced on January 19, will make available up to $8 million to create a pipeline of more tourism infrastructure and more jobs.

Grants between $20,000 and $500,000 are open to tourism businesses, not-for-profit and Traditional Owner organisations, and more.

The grants will be delivered in two streams, with the first providing support to test the concept of a large new infrastructure project like a feasibility study or masterplan.

The second stream funds detailed design packages, funding strategies or community engagement plans. Both are vital to attracting greater investment and getting projects off paper.

Applications for the funding are open until March 28, 2024. Details: