$285,800 grant for Lake Macquarie art trail project

12th February 2018

An array of new public artworks will be created around the Lake Macquarie foreshore following a significant financial contribution from the State Government.

Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper today announced that Lake Macquarie City Council will receive a grant of $285,800 to support the $571,600 project.

 “I’m delighted to announce funding to support this fantastic project which will see the engagement of seven artists to design and manufacture art installations which will be placed along the Lake Macquarie foreshore.

“This work will help to create new and exciting experiences in Lake Macquarie for locals and visitors, and also support the creation of a new full-time position at Council supporting professional cultural development,” he said.

“Artworks are planned for sites at Toronto, Warners Bay, Speers Point, Croudace Bay and Belmont North, so it’s a great project for the whole area.”

The grant was made from the 2017/18 round of the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program, a Commonwealth-funded initiative administered by the State Government to support tourism projects that drive demand and increase local tourism expenditure.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the tourism sector is worth $33.2 billion per year in international and domestic visitor expenditure to the NSW economy and directly employs 164,000 people.

“Tourism is one of our state’s most important sectors and support for projects like this is vital to help local communities and economies grow and prosper,” he said.

Federal Assistant Tourism Minister Luke Hartsuyker said the Federal Government has allocated funding through the TDDI to State and territory governments for tourism infrastructure projects where project proponents provide or source matching funding.

“This funding will support the delivery of projects that contribute to Tourism 2020 outcomes, namely to achieve more than $115 billion in overnight visitor spending by 2020 (up from $70 billion in 2009).

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