Sovereign Hill’s Secret Chamber Exhibit for Chinese visitors will receive an important upgrade with the assistance of $100,000 in Federal Government tourism quality funding, the Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, announced today.
Ms King said the project will enhance the existing ‘Secret Chamber’ exhibit at the Outdoor Museum in Sovereign Hill by adapting digital technology to provide an interactive and interpretive experience for Chinese visitors.
“Well done to Sovereign Hill for strongly demonstrating its commitment to improving the outstanding tourism experience it already offers and, as a result, securing funding from this highly-competitive grants program,” Ms King said.
This project is one of 89 nationally to share in a total of $8.5 million in funding under the 2013 Round of the Federal Government’s Tourism Quality (T-QUAL) Grants.
“The important thing from this is that the projects we have funded, including this investment at Sovereign Hill, are expected to leverage a total investment nationally of almost $27 million.
“Through this program, the Government continues to demonstrate its commitment to improving the quality, productivity, and capability of the $41 billion tourism sector, including those important attractions like Sovereign Hill which are in regional areas.
“T-QUAL Grants provide great support to help tourism operators attract more visitors by ensuring products and experiences remain fresh, of a high standard, and support local economies and communities.
“That is exactly what this investment will do for Sovereign Hill and our regional community,” Ms King said.
In the 2013 T-QUAL round, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia each had 15 successful recipients, with 12 in Victoria, 10 in Tasmania, 5 in the Northern Territory and 2 in the ACT. Details of grant recipients are at www.ret.gov.au/tqual