Hillview Farmstay has been successful in securing funding of $150,000 through the Destination NSW Tourism Product Development Fund.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the NSW’s Government’s investment would turbocharge visitation to the region.
“Local tourism is bursting back to life and this funding will help operators deliver the best possible visitor experiences,” Ms Cooke said.
“Destination NSW data shows overnight trips, nights spent away and spend in regional NSW are all up on pre-pandemic levels and this funding would ignite further opportunities to entice travellers to experience our diverse, compelling tourism offering.”
Located 33km south of Gundagai in Mount Adrah, Hillview Farmstay is offering a paddock-to-plate experience by establishing a restaurant that will specialise in home-grown meat, (beef, lamb) from the farm plus organic vegetables and includes offerings of local craft beverages from local wineries and distilleries.
Owner and operator Ms Ruth Singson said they are very excited to have been selected for this grant which complements their existing accommodation and farm activities.
“We are passionate about promoting the region to local and international guests and we feel this provided new venture opens a whole new world of opportunities to promote the region. We are looking forward to the challenge and hope to help generate jobs in the local community,” Ms Singson said.
Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin said the NSW Government had outlined a clear goal through the Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 to make NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.
“We are passionate about creating opportunities in for businesses in regional NSW to achieve this goal, by driving demand from new and returning visitors as the state forges ahead on its path to recovery,” Mr Franklin said.
The NSW Government is investing $150,000 in product and experience development in the region to ensure the continued recovery of the local visitor economy.
Managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the Experience Development Fund, targets the development of world-class visitor experiences in NSW with grants of between $80,000 and $150,000.