The Nationals WA will deliver a $610 million strategy to transform the State’s tourism sector if returned to Government at next month’s State election.
Member for Wagin Terry Waldron MLA said the Seizing the Opportunity in Tourism initiative was focused on developing tourism infrastructure, cheaper air travel, destination marketing and more regional events to drive tourism expansion in WA.
“This announcement is a game-changer for tourism and regional economies across the Wagin electorate,” Mr Waldron said.
“Many businesses in the Wagin electorate benefit from tourism, including accommodation providers, local cafes, supermarkets and service stations or anyone providing products or services.
“This is why over the next four years, The Nationals WA will expand their focus on tourism to diversify the economy in response to the post-mining boom economic slowdown.”
The Nationals’ tourism policy will invest $610 million over five years into:
$200 million – Tourism Product Headworks and Roadworks Fund
$125 million – Regional Aviation Affordability Fund
$125 million – Destination Marketing
$75 million – Indigenous Experience Development Fund
$75 million – Regional Events Program
$10 million – Visitor Centres Network/WAITOC
Mr Waldron said the policy would be funded by The Nationals’ plan to increase the special lease rental paid by big miners from 25 cents per tonne to $5/t and would also build on the Party’s commitment to slash payroll tax for 10,000 WA businesses.
“The Nationals’ plan is a tourism investment revolution and will enable WA to lead the nation in tourism product development, marketing and world class indigenous tourism experiences,” he said.
Nationals WA candidate for Roe Peter Rundle said The Nationals WA were leading the way when it came to bolstering our State’s economy.
“Unlike the major parties, we have a comprehensive plan to diversify the State’s economy and have a funding source to deliver it,” Mr Rundle said.