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$700,000 in federal funding to lure tourists to Canberra

By Barcham - 15 March 2013 15

$700,000 in federal funding is being allocated to Canberra to increase tourism. Well, close to $700,000. $684,698 by my count, which admittedly is still quite a bit.

They seem to be sticking it all into hotels. Shouldn’t they just be giving it all to Floriade, mountain views, and Scotty & Nige? I didn’t see any hotels listed as the most liked thing in Canberra.

Any other ideas where how we could grab some tourists with $684,698 Rioters?

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$700,000 in federal funding to lure tourists to Canberra
Deref 4:54 pm 24 Mar 13

CanberraMum said :

I really just do not understand, why should successful businesses with healthy bank balances be given my tax-payer dollars in order to increase their revenues??

Hear, hear!

Also, it’d be cheaper and more effective to stop the politicians badmouthing the place at every opportunity, or legislating fines for “journalists” who use “Canberra” as a synonym for the Federal Government.

rosscoact 2:13 pm 24 Mar 13

BimboGeek said :

Manuka is proudly public art free. We keep our art appropriately segregated in our art gallery where it won’t frighten anyone who doesn’t specifically go searching for it. How about a $700000 pilot study to see whether other centres would benefit from a similar policy.

Can’t tell whether troll or Lindsay Lohan

poetix 1:06 pm 24 Mar 13

BimboGeek said :

Manuka is proudly public art free. We keep our art appropriately segregated in our art gallery where it won’t frighten anyone who doesn’t specifically go searching for it. How about a $700000 pilot study to see whether other centres would benefit from a similar policy.

Please, whoever stole the dinosaur, put in in Manuka on the lawns.

BimboGeek 12:15 pm 24 Mar 13

Manuka is proudly public art free. We keep our art appropriately segregated in our art gallery where it won’t frighten anyone who doesn’t specifically go searching for it. How about a $700000 pilot study to see whether other centres would benefit from a similar policy.

bundah 11:03 am 24 Mar 13

Ben_Dover said :

$700,000?

$100,000 for a project manager.
$150,000 project support staff.
$200,000 consultancy fees.
$100,000 focus groups.
$50,000 consumer awareness survey.
$50,000 project corporate design.
$45,000 project evaluation costs.
$5,000 “Come to Canberra, it’s not really as sh!te as you think” stickers to be distributed at Floriade.

Money well spent! Now how much for tourism?

Ben_Dover 9:23 am 24 Mar 13

$700,000?

$100,000 for a project manager.
$150,000 project support staff.
$200,000 consultancy fees.
$100,000 focus groups.
$50,000 consumer awareness survey.
$50,000 project corporate design.
$45,000 project evaluation costs.
$5,000 “Come to Canberra, it’s not really as sh!te as you think” stickers to be distributed at Floriade.

CanberraMum 5:59 pm 23 Mar 13

I really just do not understand, why should successful businesses with healthy bank balances be given my tax-payer dollars in order to increase their revenues?? Why not something clever, like a tax break for three years whilst the new initiative takes off…money that no one requires except the business…. as for increasing tourists to Canberra, why don’t we upgrade the tourist information centre, clean up the city, and have more police patrols so that is considered safe at night for female tourists….

Chop71 10:08 am 19 Mar 13

Once 700k is split between interest groups it’s the best part of f@#$% all

gooterz 1:01 am 19 Mar 13

DrKoresh said :

gooterz said :

$700,000 part of which should goto arts, ACT could fund an Australian battle of the bands. Have the final competition in Canberra, get come corporate sponsors.

I actually really like that idea. I don’t know what would be the best way to organise it but I think it’s something that would definitely attract people’s attention.

As long as it was better than what they currently call TV.. Even aim at the 20-40’s crowd.
Does ANU still host battle of the bands?

DrKoresh 1:44 pm 17 Mar 13

gooterz said :

$700,000 part of which should goto arts, ACT could fund an Australian battle of the bands. Have the final competition in Canberra, get come corporate sponsors.

I actually really like that idea. I don’t know what would be the best way to organise it but I think it’s something that would definitely attract people’s attention.

gooterz 12:47 am 16 Mar 13

gazket said :

Where are the tourist going to park ? Do we make them leave the car at a park n ride station

International tourists wont matter.

$700,000 we could buy some more art for the tourists to look at .. oh wait we already have that and they don’t.

The $700,000 isn’t much it should be given as seed money to fund bigger private enterprise projects.

Just like the multicultural festival pays for the tents but not the food to come.

$700,000 part of which should goto arts, ACT could fund an Australian battle of the bands. Have the final competition in Canberra, get come corporate sponsors.

But I bet the ACT gov will just blow it all funding one thing 100% and waste it.

gazket 10:42 pm 15 Mar 13

Where are the tourist going to park ? Do we make them leave the car at a park n ride station

LSWCHP 10:31 pm 15 Mar 13

I was going to suggest setting up a $700K bar tab at Canberra pubs one weekend. Then I realised that this wouldn’t buy much more than a thousand schooners at today’s prices, so it’s probably not all that attractive a proposition. 🙁

Masquara 10:20 pm 15 Mar 13

Being given to hotels? Would this be the money that was to be allocated to the pokies trial – until Julia Gillard decided Andrew Wilkie was expendable?

Proboscus 8:40 pm 15 Mar 13

One way if getting tourists to Canberra could be a Junkie cull. I call dibs on the ATM’s in Woden using only my grandmother as bait and a baseball bat…

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