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The Tourism Recovery Fund (TRF) is a $7M initiative, jointly funded through the Australian and Queensland Governments, to help the tourism sector recover following the devastating impact of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie to the Whitsunday region in March 2017.

The objective of the TRF is to facilitate recovery, rebuild and/or create new tourism experiences and infrastructure that will drive demand, improve quality, and increase tourism expenditure, with flow-on economic benefits across the tourism supply chain.

$4.5 million has been allocated to four key tourism infrastructure projects in the Whitsunday region as follows:

  • $1 million for an Indigenous cultural experience and paddock-to-plate venue on Flagstaff Hill, Bowen
  • $1 million for new tourism infrastructure at Peter Faust Dam (Lake Proserpine)
  • $2 million of the Hill Inlet Lookout upgrade and expansion (Whitsunday Island)
  • $500 000 for new short island works on Border, Haslewood and Langford Islands.

A further $2 million was allocated to an open Tourism Recovery Fund grant program. The six successful projects to receive funding under the grant program were announced on 23 March 2018 and are:

  • Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited – for the construction of an auditorium to attract large expo and conference events at Bougainvillea Marquee. The 3.5 million rebuild is due for completion at the start of 2020, and will be renamed the Beach Pavilion. 
  • Reef Ecologic – for the design, creation and installation of underwater and inter-tidal interpretive art pieces across the Whitsunday region
  • Catalina Flying Memorial Limited – for a feasibility study into the restoration and relocation of a Catalina flying aircraft to Bowen for static and flying display as a tourist and educational attraction
  • Bowen Tourism and Business – for the creation and installation of a digital interpretive space, featuring CGI virtual reality, at the Bowen Visitor Information Centre
  • Jimmy Crow Limited – for a feasibility study for an ecotourism development including an interpretive centre and café, hiking and cycling tracks and adrenaline activities located both near and within Conway National Park, overlooking Airlie Beach
  • Queens Beach Tourist Village Pty Ltd – for the construction of an inclusive family water play attraction at Queens Beach Tourist Village, Queens Beach.

A further $500 000 had been set aside for a coral gardening edu-tourism experience in the Whitsunday region.

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Tourism Recovery Grant Funding Guidelines


Media Release – 23 March 2018: Funding for new Whitsunday tourism projects announced

Media Release – 11 September 2017: Funding helps Whitsundays tourism industry bounce back 


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