Tourism Recovery and Resilience - $7 million
The Tourism Recovery and Resilience package will provide targeted support to the tourism industry in affected areas, assisting them to recover from the impacts of the floods and build long-term sustainability of the tourism industry. This includes boosting infrastructure, mapping and planning tourism offerings and planning initiatives for resilience:
- Building Resilient Tourism Infrastructure - $4.48 million: Grants for impacted tourism businesses to build their resistance and aid their response to flooding and natural disasters through innovative solutions and bespoke engineering solutions
- Regional Tourism Product, Experience and Infrastructure Platform - $1 million: To diversify the tourism offering in impacted areas by mapping existing tourism products, experiences and infrastructure against natural disaster metrics and identifying gaps for development to make the local industry more resilient
- Tourism Industry Resilience Program - $1.07 million: To help tourism businesses respond to the unique challenges and help them plan for and recover from natural disasters
- Solving Disaster Resilience Challenges with Open Innovation - $450,000: To find solutions for disaster risk and resilience issues likely to impact the tourism industry in the three most impacted regions of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast
This program is currently underway. In February 2023, 32 resilience initiative were announced through the $5 million Building Resilient Tourism Infrastructure Fund, and in May 2023 12 projects were confirmed to share in almost $230,000 via Tourism Industry Resilience Grants.
Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport
Tourism businesses in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) activated for assistance following the Central, Southern and Western Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, Ex-Tropical Cyclone Seth, South East Queensland Rainfall and Flooding, and Southern Queensland Flooding events.
$7 million jointly funded (50:50) by the Queensland and Australian Governments under Category C of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).