New Grants for Great Ocean Road communities09/02/2016
The State Government is supporting economic recovery activities for communities affected by the Wye River fires with the announcement today of $50,000 in grants to drive immediate local events.
The Minister for Regional Development today approved funding from the $1.4 million Great Ocean Road Economic and Community Recovery Package, announced by Premier Daniel Andrews in January this year.
Colac Otway Shire Council, Surf Coast Shire Council and Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board have worked with local communities to identify events to help drive economic activity in the affected region.
The Government is providing grants to support the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival, and two fundraising events to be held by Wye River Surf Life Saving Club. As the surf club missed their main fundraising opportunities over the Christmas period, these two events will provide a much needed opportunity to raise funds and bring the community together.
Regional Development Victoria is leading the Regional Economic Recovery Sub-Committee for the Wye River-Jamieson Track fire, working with affected businesses to assess impacts on business and tourism. This will inform the development of priority economic recovery activities.
In addition to this immediate support, the Government’s $1 million Economic and Community Recovery Fund will assist medium to long term recovery priorities identified by the Regional Economic Recovery Sub-Committee. Eligible projects may include:
- New tourism promotion opportunities and events to encourage increased visitation
- Small infrastructure projects, particularly those that enhance visitor experience
- Community-led recovery initiatives that support community organisations in Wye River, Separation Creek and Kennett River
- Initiatives aimed at building economic and business resilience
- Other projects that stimulate economic activity in the region
The Government has also been working closely with the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board to promote the area and encourage visitation.