About the 2011 T-QUAL Grants round
The 2011 round opened for applications on 7 February 2011 and closed on 15 April 2011.
On Tuesday 26 July 2011, 117 successful applicants (see Successful applicants—2011 round) for this round were announced by the Minister for Tourism with a total project value of approximately $8.5 million.
2011 round projects should be finalised by the end of March 2013.
Many of these projects have already been completed successfully and in some cases the Minister for Tourism has been able to visit.
2011 round – Projects and Program Guidelines
2011 Case studies
The following table lists case studies featuring selected 2011 round projects.
These case studies were developed to assist 2012 round applicants by giving examples of how successful projects could address the assessment criteria.
Successful project events
The Minister for Tourism has attended a number of events celebrating successful 2011 round T-QUAL Grants projects. Extracts from and links to the Media Releases and speeches are provided below.
Visitors to Victoria's largest regional zoo will now have closer encounters with the zoo's animals including the opportunity to hand feed Sumari the giraffe. A $48,600 grant helped fund a purpose-built home for the zoo's ostriches and newly arrived giraffe. The Minister for Tourism said the new complex will build on the zoo's achievements to date, bringing in more visitors and increasing the length and value of their stays, resulting in benefits for the whole community and the Australian economy.
North West Tasmania has a sweet new attraction with the construction of a multi-purpose conservatory at the House of Anvers. The House of Anvers offers a total chocolate experience and the $110,000 T-QUAL grant will enable more visitors to enjoy this experience. The conservatory was launched in October 2012 and will increase the length of visitor stays in the region.
The Djabugay Rainforest Tours launched in August 2012 with visitors able to experience a unique insight into how Djabugay People lived and used the rainforest. A $17,500 T-QUAL grant was used to establish walking tracks and a small indigenous village in a rainforest area adjacent to Skyrail Cableway that is part of the Traditional Lands of the Djabugay People.
A $16,500 T-QUAL grant was used to increase awareness of Indigenous cultural experiences and products in the Perth region. The feasibility study, completed in May 2012 included assessing demand for Indigenous cultural experiences and products and improving the ties between Indigenous businesses and tourism stakeholders. The Minister for Tourism congratulated WA Indigenous Tourism Operations Council (WAITOC) noting the project has provided valuable information to government and industry.
Construction of a cheesery and local produce tasting house in historic Richmond has added a new and unique visitor experience for the Hobart region. The facility, launched in February 2012 comprises of maturing and making/demonstration rooms, a tasting area for cheese and other local produce, an interpretative display and an area for visitors to enjoy light meals. The project was co-funded by a $110,000 T-QUAL grant and will complement the existing Coal Valley wine trail.
A $110,000 T-QUAL grant for the refurbishment of the 'The Entrance Backpackers' accommodation will bring a new level of budget accommodation to the Central Coast, filling a current void in the market. The new fit out was officially launched in December 2011 and will bring substantial economic benefit to the local region and boost international visitor numbers.
Melbourne Aquarium has a quality new tourism exhibit allowing the opportunity to exhibit new and varied animals not ever seen before in Australian aquaria. A $110,000 grant helped fund the construction and fit out of Shipwreck Cove by using the latest technology and conservation. The project used the latest technology and conservation ideas which the Minister for Tourism said was a great example of innovative thinking.