Your taxes at work
Some snippets from the Tourism Industry Regional Fund website
The Australian Government is committed to maximising tourism's net economic contribution to the Australian economy
and to fostering an industry that promotes the principles of environmental responsibility and sustainable development.
"On 15 March 2013, the Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson announced that 65 applicants were successful in the
first round of the TIRF (Tourism Industry Regional Fund) Grants Program. The Australian Government will offer
these projects a total of $13.1 million in funding, which will leverage a combined investment value of over $141 million."
A second round is expected to be announced in the second half of 2013.
The competitive merit-based TIRF Grants Program offers grants from $50,000–$250,000 (GST exclusive) on a matched
dollar-for-dollar funding basis. A major focus of the program is to improve the quality of accommodation and
attractions in regional areas and encourage innovative projects to attract interstate and international visitors
and extend their length of stay.
Note: Emphasis and underlining added by RvVoice
What a wonderful initiative by our Federal Government. It's great to see that they want to invest our taxes in projects that
will attract interstate and international visitors to regional areas. Having said that you would think that some of the grants
would be applied to Regional Shires and Councils, local community groups and other organisations that are desparately
trying to establish low cost no frills accomodation options for tourists (international, interstate or local visitors).
Not so - Grants for the fat cats so that they can build their commercial interests using our taxes.
I was "gobsmacked" when I saw who got grants and how they were going to spend it. Now bear in mind it was based on a
dollar for dollar input basis so the organisation that got the money had to input an equivalent amount for the project.
There is a complete list on the TIRF website of how much was handed
out and what it is going to be spent on. Of the 65 applicants 16 appear to be from local government and/or non
profit organisations with the remaining 49 from commercial interests.
So there you have it $1,583,243 of your taxes being handed out to 7 caravan parks to help develop their businesses. I suppose
they were "doing it tough" and these improvements will help to attract the travelling RV tourists to come and stay in their upgraded
deluxe accomodation , have a play in their water complexes and a bounce on the new jumping pillow. You might also want
use the multi-purpose conference facility at the BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach.
Please have a look at the other successful applicants and ask the question
"Will these projects encourage and attract the normal RV tourist to these regional communities."
As mentioned previously Regional Shires and Councils, local community groups and other organisations around the country are
desperately trying to establish low cost no frills accomodation options for tourists (international, interstate or local visitors).
Basic infrastructure like dump points, access to potable water and rest and camping areas are critical to improving the Regional
touring experience of tourists in RV's and yet obtaining funding for these community assets is like pulling teeth.
In this lucky country where we are told to expect up to ten years of Federal deficits and we will all need to tighten our belts it
seems our federal representatives think that grants to the fat cats will encourage us all to take a luxury holiday rather
than a budget low cost touring option.
Write a letter to your local media , ask your local member what they think of these "handouts"
and please pass this information on to every one you know who enjoys the RV lifestyle without
the need for exotic playgrounds and conference centres.