Stakeholder Update | November 2020

Header image: Dolphin watching at Honeymoon Bay. Image credit: Jervis Bay Wild.

A message from our General Manager

Hi Everyone,

It’s great to be connecting wearing my new hat as General Manager for Destination Sydney Surrounds South. I have been spending my first month getting to know new people, new projects and bringing on board some new staff. 

The Visitor Economy Symposium on the 15th December will be a great opportunity to catch up in person and hear from TA, DNSW and industry leaders, we will be focusing on looking ahead to opportunities and ways to work together more effectively.

There are lots of funding programs open, I urge you to look at the list below and reach out if you have any questions or would like assistance.

There is also support and training resources available through DNSW’s NSW First Program – check it out! 

I hope to see you in person at the Symposium.

Chat soon,

Shannan Perry-Hall
General Manager, Destination Sydney Surrounds South

Visitor Economy Symposium

You are invited to join us for the Visitor Economy Symposium as we bring together industry to share, learn and look forward.

Deep dive: into key opportunities including agritourism, experience development and tourism trends. Hear from: keynote speaker – futurist Michael McQueen, Destination NSW, Tourism Australia and industry leaders. Take part in the collaboration conversation.

Further details and registrations available here.

WHERE: The Pavilion, Kiama
WHEN: Tuesday 15th December, 2020

Numbers will be limited and registration is essential for this free event.
Register for the Visitor Economy Symposium

Funding Opportunities

Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund (BCRRF)

Stream 2 application deadline extended until midday, Friday 11 December 2020.
Grants for community groups, councils, joint organisations, NGOs, and not-for-profits in the local government areas that were disaster-declared during the 2019-20 bushfires to fund social recovery and preparedness projects.
Applications can be made by eligible organisations for funding between $20,000 and $300,000.

For more information and to apply, visit the NSW Government website.


Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund (BLERF)

Applications close 2pm, Thursday 28 January 2021. **Closing deadline extended.**
This Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund will provide $250 million of further funding to support the social and economic recovery of communities affected by bushfire in 47 regional NSW Local Government Areas. *Eligible bushfire affected LGAs in our region:
  • Shoalhaven City Council
  • Wingecarribee Shire Council
  • Wollondilly Shire Council
For more information and to apply, visit the NSW Government website.


Business Events Grants Program

Austrade is calling on business event owners to register expressions of interest (EOI) to take part in the Federal Government’s $50 million Business Events Grants program.*
The program will allow eligible businesses to apply for grants of between $10,000 and $250,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of the costs incurred in participating at pre-approved business to business events in Australia during the 2021 calendar year. 

Event owners are encouraged to submit their EOI by 11.59pm, 30 November 2020 to ensure your event can be considered for the schedule of approved events for when the funding program opens in mid-December.

For more information and to apply, visit the Austrade website.


Advance Program

Deadline for submission is 5pm, Monday 30 November 2020.
Business Events Australia’s Advance Program is a partnership marketing initiative that provides financial assistance to Australian industry to support marketing and distribution projects aimed at driving business events visitation to Australia.
Applications are now open for the second submission intake with successful projects to be completed by 30 June 2021.

For more information and to apply, visit the Business Events Australia website.


Australian Heritage Funding Grants Program

Applications close 7 January 2021.
The Australian Heritage Grants Program aims to improve recognition, conservation, preservation and access to the heritage values of National Heritage Listed places.

The program also aims to increase community engagement and raise awareness of listed sites. Eligible applicants are invited to apply for grants between $25,000 and $400,000.

For more information and to apply, visit the website.


Wine Export Grants

To help counter the impacts of COVID-19 on in-market events, Wine Australia is offering $1 million towards Wine Export Grants Round 2. Wine producers may be eligible for up to $25,000 in reimbursement for the cost of promotional activities in any export market.

Applications are now open and will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and to apply, visit the Wine Australia website.


Regional Job Creation Fund

Applications close 5pm, Friday 14 May 2021.
The NSW Government has launched a $100 million Regional Job Creation Fund to support existing businesses in regional NSW to grow and encourages interstate or overseas businesses to invest in regional NSW.

A webinar will be held on 5 November 2020 for interested application to provide further information on the funding program.

For more information and to apply, visit the Regional NSW website.

NSW First Program

Destination NSW delivers the NSW First Program to assist tourism businesses to develop, promote and sell their tourism products. It includes a series of live online sessions, delivered via Zoom the interactive sessions provide practical tips and insights for tourism businesses, and the opportunity to ask questions.

As part of the program, tourism operators can also access the free guides below which have been recently updated. 

Upcoming sessions

Register for upcoming Discuss and Develop sessions here, new topics include:

  • Wine Tourism Opportunities
    • Creating Bookable Winery Experiences – Wed 2nd Dec, 4:30pm
      Register here
    • Live Panel discussion with industry experts – Wed 9th Dec, 4:30pm
      Register here

On demand sessions

View recordings of sessions that have already been delivered by clicking here, topics include:

  • Leverage the Love NSW campaign with Klook
  • How to use the Destination NSW Content Library
  • Creating a Get Connected Listing
Previous Discuss and Develop sessions are also available:
Digital Marketing Tips: Love NSW
View this webinar
Restart Series: The Domestic Market
View this webinar
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