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Activate Ecotourism Infrastructure

Increasing ecotourism and nature-based tourism is essential to attract visitors to Queensland so we can grow our tourism industry and create more jobs in our regions.

Queensland is home to some of the world’s most outstanding natural landscapes, diverse ecosystems and inspiring cultural heritage.

With consumers seeking more immersive, meaningful ecotourism and nature-based tourism experiences, now is the perfect time to invest in this growing sector.

The $5 million Activate Ecotourism Infrastructure (Act Eco) pilot initiative will provide financial support to Queensland tourism operators, not-for-profit organisations and local governments to deliver ecotourism and nature-based tourism infrastructure adjacent to, or near, a public protected area, world heritage area, timber reserve or state forest.

Through the pilot initiative, we will provide individual funding of up to $2 million (excluding GST) on a dollar-for-dollar matched cash funding contribution basis for eligible recipients to construct ecotourism or nature-based tourism infrastructure.

The objectives of the Act Eco initiative are to:

  • increase Queensland’s sustainable ecotourism and nature-based tourism offerings to position Queensland as a leading destination for experiences in a post-pandemic environment
  • contribute to building economic resilience in regional areas
  • create construction and support ongoing operational jobs for Queenslanders.

The initiative complements the Queensland Ecotourism Trails program and will deliver ecotourism infrastructure adjacent to Queensland’s national parks, world heritage areas, state forests or timber reserves and create immediate jobs in the sector.

The Act Eco initiative is being delivered under the $20 million Tourism Activation Fund to generate new tourism opportunities in Queensland.

The $20 million Tourism Activation Fund is a key commitment within the Queensland Government’s $74 million Rebuilding Queensland Tourism, to help fast-track the restoration of jobs and the economic recovery of Queensland’s tourism industry.

Eligibility

To be considered, projects must meet the following key priorities:

  • be situated adjacent to, or near, a public protected area, world heritage area, timber reserve or state forest in Queensland
  • be able to commence construction within six months of funding approval and reach practical completion by 30 June 2024
  • create new jobs in construction and ongoing operational phases
  • build sustainable new and improved ecotourism and nature-based tourism infrastructure and products that enhance the existing local tourism experience
  • increase overnight visitor numbers and expenditure
  • deliver regional economic benefits.

The types of projects proposed to be supported could include the following:

  • the development of unique and sustainable ecotourism accommodation that enhances visitor engagement and appreciation of environmental values
  • nature-based tourism infrastructure that fills known gaps or creates new opportunities to increase the diversity of experiences, including hands-on conservation experiences, opportunities, or access to protected areas, world heritage areas or state forests
  • sustainable ecotourism infrastructure that supports Traditional Owners’ tourism aspirations to deliver on-Country visitor experiences and cultural understanding.

Apply for funding

Refer to the Tourism Activation Fund - Activate Ecotourism Infrastructure guidelines (PDF, 3.0MB) for more information regarding eligibility criteria and for guidance in preparing an application.

Expressions of interest are now open and will close at 5pm on 19 July 2022.

Eligible applicants are invited to submit their expression of interest via the department’s Project Registration Form. Expressions of interest will be assessed against the department’s Act Eco priorities and suitable applicants may then be invited to submit a full business case.

Following the assessment of full business cases, successful recipients will be required to enter into a Grant Agreement with the State. For more information, an example Grant Agreement with indicative terms is provided at Activate Ecotourism Example Grant Agreement.

Key dates

These dates are indicative only and subject to change as required.

ActivityDate
Project registrations (expression of interest) open 21 June 2022
Project registrations (expression of interest) close 19 July 2022 (5pm AEST)
Full business cases invited August 2022
Full business cases close September 2022 (by 5pm AEST)
Funding decision Late 2022

More information

Last updated: 21 Jun 2022