Member for Macquarie, Louise Markus announced last week that the Federal Government would provide $255,000 to Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism.
The funding will be a welcome announcement for the local tourism industry which has suffered substantial loss due to the recent bushfires.
Mrs Markus said she was working with the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs, and BMLOT to make sure the funds can be put to strategic use as soon as possible.
“I have been fighting hard to ensure that these funds can flow on to BMLOT as soon as possible and making sure the assistant minister understands the urgent need for this grant.
“BMLOT has a strong track record of delivering local projects and I know these funds have come at a critical time when they will be working to encourage visitors back to our beautiful region after the recent bushfires.
“This is about looking to our future and sending a clear strong message to the rest of Australia that the Blue Mountains are open for business.”
Randall Walker, chairman of BMLOT, said the grant would be a key part of the new digital strategy, including the new mobile app: bluemountainsconnect.com
“The timing of this grant is critical to BMLOT promoting world class products and experiences to attract visitors so that the region can return to its previous trading levels,” said Mr Walker.