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Austrade's response to the 2019–20 bushfires
Helped regional tourism industry
Austrade worked closely with the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and Emergency Management Australia to design a $10 million grant program (part of the government’s $76 million tourism recovery package) to help regional tourism recover from the effects of the bushfires. Targeting local events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire-affected areas, the program was delivered in two streams.
Austrade received 37 applications for Stream 1, aimed at small-scale events and attractions, with 24 grant approvals put in place by the end of June 2020.
Steam 2 provides funding to local government entities and regional tourism organisations for larger-scale events and attractions. By closing date, this stream had received 46 applications and 13 applicants had received an initial funding offer by the end of June 2020.