Local councils and eligible regional airport owners can apply for up to $50 million in funding to support airport infrastructure projects that help boost regional tourism.
The NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) is for projects that deliver a net economic benefit and meet the RTIF Regional Airports program’s objectives.
Minister for Regional Tourism John Barilaro said that improving access to regional airports had the potential to boost visitor numbers and create jobs.
“Regional NSW has some of the best tourist attractions in the world, and I want visitors to have a great experience and come back, and then I want them telling their friends and families,” Barilaro said.
“Currently over half the international tourists visiting Australia arrive at Sydney’s Kingsford-Smith Airport, yet only 20 per cent travel on to regional NSW. Upgrading regional airport infrastructure has the potential to improve this.”
Eligible regional airports are Albury, Armidale, Ballina Byron Gateway, Bathurst, Bourke, Broken Hill, Cobar, Coffs Harbour, Cooma, Coonamble, Coonabarabran, Dubbo, Grafton, Griffith, Lismore, Lightning Ridge, Lord Howe, Merimbula, Moree, Moruya, Narrandera, Narrabri, Newcastle, Orange, Parkes, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Taree, Wagga Wagga and Walgett.