Kevin Humphries, Member for Barwon said Visitors to Outback Astronomy in Broken Hill will soon be able to encounter a new tourism experience, thanks to a funding boost from the NSW Government. Outback Astronomy has secured $93,223 from the NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Fund, which will go towards building a new café, new permanent pedestal mounts for two telescopes, night lighting and a small theatre for indoor activities.
“As one of Broken Hill’s best tourist attractions, I am delighted to announce that Outback Astronomy will benefit from this funding grant aimed at boosting local economies through product development support,” Kevin Humphries said.
“The new café will provide an opportunity for visitors to purchase dinner during the evening sky shows, a service which is currently not available.
“The funds will also assist with the conversion of a current structure to support a new theatre to host functions such as information sessions and presentations by experts in the field of astronomy.
“More overnight visitors to Outback NSW means more heads on beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques, all driving our local visitor economy which is great news for local businesses.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall congratulated Outback Astronomy on their successful initiative and said the NSW Government is doing everything it can to drive more visitors to rural and regional areas. “The Regional Tourism Fund is part of our strategy to boost tourism right across the State and increase visitation to our wonderful regions which in turn, supports the local economy and jobs,” Adam Marshall said.
“We look forward to welcoming more travellers to the region as a result of this funding boost which is designed to fuel the State’s economy as the NSW Government is working towards our goal of tripling overnight visitor expenditure and reaching $25 billion in regional visitor expenditure by 2030.”
The Regional Tourism Fund is part of the NSW Government’s record funding commitment of $43 million over four years. The Fund provides investment into the regional visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis.
For more information on the Regional Tourism Fund go to www.destinationnsw.com.au/regionaltourismfund