Local wineries, breweries, and distilleries will be able to invest in upgrading their cellar door facilities to make the Mid North Coast an ever greater tourism hotspot.
As a part of our Plan for a Strong Economy and Stronger Future, the Nationals in Government will invest $15 million to make up to $100,000 in matched funding available for small to medium-sized wineries, distilleries and beer producers for the construction or upgrade of cellar door or tourism-associated facilities such as restaurants, tour facilities and viewing platforms.
An additional $5 million will also be provided through the Wine, Spirits and Craft Breweries Tourism Events program to provide up to $100,000 to tourism and local government organisations to create new events and experiences to attract tourists and showcase wineries, distilleries and craft beer makers.
Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said our local wineries, breweries and distilleries do an outstanding job in putting our region on the map.
“This new investment will help to boost our local economy by bringing more tourists to the area,” Mr Conaghan said.
“In recent years we’ve seen a growing number of impressive local wineries and breweries making their mark and we now have a dozen in our electorate, and now more visitors and tourists will be able to come here and enjoy our beautiful region while helping support our wonderful local businesses.
“A strong economy means our Government has cut taxes for tourism operators while investing more in promoting our country, building the infrastructure that improves the visitor experience and protecting the environment that helps drive tourist demand.
“This announcement builds on the Nationals’ strong track record in reducing the small business company rate to 25% and supporting local businesses with new technology and training tax offsets.
“Now, because of our strong economy, we can further invest to grow and strengthen the tourism sector and take advantage of the pent-up demand to travel, as the world emerges from the pandemic.”
Only the Nationals in Government will continue to deliver a better future for Cowper as part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.