Australia : Funding provides boost to northern tourism
Nov 10, 2018 (Euclid Infotech Ltd via COMTEX) —
Northern Australian tourism has received a lift with a choice to expand CSIROs TraNSIT transport modelling tool to add tourist data.
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan announced $150,000 will be invested to upgrade CSIROs Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT).
Speaking from Mount Isa, where he hosted the 3rd Ministerial Forum on Northern Development, Minister Canavan said federal and state ministers had agreed this is a significant initiative to improve tourism in the north.
Over days gone by six years, TraNSIT has been used to analyse transport and logistics options and estimate transport cost benefits, Minister Canavan said.
TraNSIT helped determine road projects beneath the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program and contains been expanded to add mining.
Now, this funding announced will make sure that tourism is roofed in determining road priorities beneath the $1.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance Northern Australia program.
We will be in a position to better estimate some great benefits of road upgrades to the tourism sector.
Minister Canavan said the six-month, $150,000 project will be co-funded by the Department of Industry, Science and innovation, through the working office of Northern Australia, and the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Cities and Development, together with Austrade.
The forum included ministers from the Commonwealth, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
They acknowledged the significance of the report Northern Horizons Unleashing our Tourism Potential made by the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia and agreed that the development of tourism was important for the spot.