CONSULTATION TO STRENGTHEN AND GROW INDIGENOUS TOURISM
Sunshine Coast community encouraged to take part
Sunshine Coast Indigenous people are being encouraged to take part in a public consultation to help inform the Morrison Government’s Indigenous Tourism Fund, as part of Indigenous Business month.
The $40 million fund aims to encourage the development of new and expanding Indigenous owned and operated tourism enterprises.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace encouraged local Indigenous people to get involved.
“We have a rich Indigenous heritage on the Coast, exemplified by the wonderful stories and history which surrounds our Glass House Mountains. I believe that there is a big opportunity for our local Indigenous community to help tourists to understand their heritage and their culture, create more jobs for local Indigenous people, and in the process to draw more visitors to our region. It would be a terrific outcome for our whole community.” Mr Wallace said.
“Even as we grow and diversify our local economy, the fact is that tourism is and will always be one of the largest and most important employers on the Sunshine Coast and we should do all we can to support and grow the industry in our region. I want to make sure that our Indigenous community have the opportunity to be part of that.” Mr Wallace said.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP said that the Morrison Government is committed to extensive consultation with Indigenous stakeholders on the delivery of the fund with a focus on tourism both start-up’s or expansion for existing businesses.
“The tourism sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy and we want to ensure the Indigenous tourism sector can capture its share of the market, including the economic and employment benefits it provides,” Minister Wyatt said.
“We want the fund to provide value, focus on the gaps and barriers to success and increase opportunities for businesses in the sector, with a need for support in areas such as business planning, back-office support and mentoring.”
Targeted consultations have already been completed with a number of Indigenous tourism bodies, peak tourism groups, and state and territory governments, to inform the public discussion paper released today.
“We want to find out what is important to the community and reflect that feedback in the final design of the fund, with a view to launching next year,” Minister Wyatt said.
“With an increase of over 40 per cent of international tourists participating in Indigenous experiences over the last five years, Indigenous tourism operators now have even more reasons to be confident about their future with the establishment of the ITF.”
For more information and to provide feedback on the Indigenous Tourism Fund, visit: https://niaa.gov.au/itf