A Port Macquarie koala and wildlife park received a state government boost to support the development of a new night time experience.
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams announced the $150,000 funding at Billabong Koala & Wildlife Park on Wednesday, October 8..
The funding will support the development of a new deck that incorporates a function and dining room extension, providing a space that will enable visitors to experience the Billabong Zoo in an interactive capacity throughout the evening.
The facilities to be developed will also allow the zoo to host conventions, functions and events for up to 100 people, bolstering the region's business conferencing offerings.
It will also allow for the implementation of interactive displays that encourage educational experiences to visitors, helping to better understand the animals and experience the Billabong Zoo throughout both the day and night.
The funding has been offered through Destination NSW's regional tourism fund towards the total project budget of $470,000.
"We are delighted to announce the support of this project at the Billabong Koala & Wildlife Park, which will not only attract new visitors to the Port Macquarie area, but also provide another offering for prospective business event organisers.
"I have no doubt that both visitors and local residents will be delighted with the new facilities at this iconic attraction," Mrs Williams said.
Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the regional tourism fund is part of the NSW government's record funding commitment of $43 million over four years and part of a strategy to boost tourism right across the state, supporting local economies and jobs.
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