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June 19, 2013 Association No Comments Email Email

A highlight of today’s New South Wales budget is the revitalisation of the Newcastle Central Business District with its waterfront by the replacement of a heavy rail link from Wickham Station to Newcastle with a light rail proposal.

This proposal would be funded by the proceeds of an announcement to unlock the Newcastle Port through a 99 year lease arrangement, similar to recent decisions made at Port Kembla and Port Botany.

Newcastle is the state’s second largest city and has undergone a real renaissance over the past decade on the back of tourism and private sector development that has seen the city flourish. The Government’s investment in Newcastle and the Hunter will be co-ordinated through the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund (HIIF).

The General Manager of the Tourism Industry Council NSW, Mr Andrew Jefferies, said today that Newcastle’s revitalisation and development was a critical step for tourism in the Hunter. “Newcastle’s growth, on the back of tourism numbers through Newcastle Airport, waterfront development and economic growth has seen this destination become the flavour of the month! Newcastle has a laid back lifestyle, new and improved tourism infrastructure and a waterfront that is the envy of many other cities across Australia. It’s wonderful to see this city thrive and I’m glad to see the Government renew its focus on our state’s second largest city”.

In addition, the Tourism Industry Council welcomed the $19.4 million investment in regional tourism and events for the 2013/14 financial year, through the Regional Visitor Economy Fund. The previously announced reforms to regional tourism expenditure are based upon recommendations that emanated from the Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan and are expected to be delivered shortly.

For further comment please contact General Manager of the Tourism Industry Council NSW Andrew Jefferies on (02) 9267 6865.

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