Junee Shire Council has been successful in receiving a $1,075,000 boost for its Canola Trail Activation Program thanks to Round Two of the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund.
Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the Canola Trail Activation Program is a collective initiative of Junee, Coolamon, and Temora shires.
“Visitors come from far and wide to visit the simply breathtaking blankets of yellow canola,” Ms Cooke said.
“To see our golden triangle receive this boost to further promote and enhance the experience for visitors to the region is just fantastic.”
“This won’t only support Junee by increasing visitation, it will also boost the local economy and local jobs.”
Junee Shire Council Mayor Cr Neil Smith said they welcome this funding which will further promote the “Canola Trail” experience by providing wonderful vantage points for viewing our fields of golden canola.
“In addition it will address the increased popularity of the Bethungra Dam camping grounds including accessible walking and bike trails and additional camping areas which have been on Council’s collective mind for some time,” Mr Smith said.
“We look forward to the work commencing and are very proud of the alliance with our neighbouring councils, it shows that when we work together as a team, we can achieve great benefits for the region,” he said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the Regional Tourism Activation Fund supports local economies and local jobs by backing unique tourism experiences that will attract visitors and showcase what regional NSW has to offer.
“We know regional NSW has Australia’s best tourist destinations and experiences. We want to amplify that by helping create new experiences and drawcards that put more heads on beds and attract more tourism dollars into regional communities,” Mr Toole said.
The $180 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure for regional communities.