Australia’s Victoria allocates $150 million to support tourism

 Wednesday, May 13, 2020 

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The government in Victoria is supporting Victorian sport, tourism and creative industries, with an allocation of $150 million to save employment and to ensure their best experiences, which are available on the other side of the deadly corornavirus or COVID-19 pandemic.

The Experience Economy Survival Package unveiled to support some of the most important sporting clubs and competitions across Victoria– from grassroots to elite – as well as major tourist attractions in Victoria, galleries and museums, and the racing industry, that will boost travel and tourism industry of Victoria.
These massive sectors can contribute nearly $70 billion to the Victorian economy and support hundreds of thousands of jobs, but they have been hit hard by measures to slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

The investment announced today will help these industries ride out the impacts of the pandemic and reboot, rebound and recover.
Experience Economy Survival Package by the government of Victoria also includes $40 million for local community sport and recreation bodies including state sporting associations, leagues and clubs – to help them return strongly after this deadly pandemic.
A further $16 million will go to national sporting organisations in Victoria, and $5.3 million will support the State Sport Centres Trust and the Kardinia Park Stadium Trust.

The Victoria Government will also invest $44 million in the state’s racing industry, to help secure jobs and bolster racing clubs across the state.

More than $32 million will support creative agencies and initiatives, including funding for the Geelong Arts Centre, Museums Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Recital Centre and $6 million for live music industry workers and to bolster the oversubscribed Sustaining Creative Workers initiative.

These funds from the special package are in addition to the $16.8 million support package recently announced for creative industries and bring the total survival package for jobs in the creative sector to more than $49 million.

This special supporting package also includes $11 million for Victoria’s tourism industry, with funding for the Emerald Tourist Railway Board (Puffing Billy) and other not-for-profit and privately-owned visitor attractions, plus regional tourism boards and the Victorian Tourism Industry Council.

The Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said that the Victorians love in turning out for big events and while they can’t do that currently, this support will go a long way to making sure our tourism, sport and racing bodies can rebound quickly as restrictions are lifted
The Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence also said that they are making sure that the community and grassroots sport survives this crisis so Victorians can get back to the clubs and sports they love.

The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said that Victoria has the best galleries, museums and performance venues in the country. It is one of the best live music scenes anywhere in the world. They are central to life in this state and this funding is vital to safeguarding jobs in the $31 billion creative industries economy.

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