The Dubbo region will further cement itself as a world-class tourism destination, thanks to more than $10 million in funding awarded today by the NSW Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said money from the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund would enable not one, but three landmark new attractions across the city: The development of a new public plaza in front of the Old Dubbo Gaol; construction of a new Wiradjuri cultural tourism centre and park at Elizabeth Park, and construction of an outdoor events space at Ollie Robbins Oval.

“The Destination Dubbo project will create three more signature tourism attractions for the community, boosting ‘Destination Dubbo’s already impressive status among holidaymakers and putting our amazing region front of mind for tourists when planning their next trip,” Mr Saunders said.

“We know there is already so much to see and do here in the Dubbo region and this project will provide an impressive new attraction to entice first-time and return visitors.

“More than 67 million people visited regional NSW in the 12 months to March this year and there is clearly high demand from tourists who want to see regional NSW’s incredible landscapes and learn about our vibrant heritage and culture.”

Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro said the project was one of 10 iconic regional tourism projects that will receive a share of $62 million in funding.

“These new infrastructure projects will establish exciting, iconic tourism attractions for communities across regional NSW and create work in the longer term for chefs, tour guides, baristas, taxi drivers and pub and hotel staff servicing tourists who visit these attractions,” Mr Barilaro said.

“NSW is struggling through one of the worst droughts on record and through programs such as the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund, the NSW Government is helping towns attract tourists and keep money flowing through the local economy.

“Regional NSW is still open for business and our restaurants and cafes continue to delight diners; tourist attractions are welcoming record numbers of visitors and I’m encouraging everyone to consider a trip to the bush instead of Bali this Christmas.”

Deputy Premier John Barilaro

The $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund is part of the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund which, together with the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, is delivering once-in-a-generation infrastructure that generates opportunities, investments and jobs.