The NSW Government is investing $416,445 in product and experience development in the Goulburn electorate to ensure the continued recovery of the local visitor economy.

Managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, the Experience Development Fund, targets the development of world-class visitor experiences in NSW with grants of between $80,000 and $150,000.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the NSW’s Government’s investment would turbocharge visitation to the region.

“Our visitor economy is bursting back to life and this funding will help local tourism operators deliver the best possible visitor experiences,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Destination NSW data shows overnight trips, nights spent away and spend in regional NSW are all up on pre-pandemic levels and this funding would ignite further opportunities to entice travellers to experience our diverse, compelling tourism offering.” 

Projects that have been funded in the Goulburn electorate:

  • $116,445 for Osborn House to develop a cooking school that will include a kitchen garden experience that will cater to weekly cooking classes for locals, day visitors and bimonthly Feature Chef workshops, weekly Executive Chef workshops as well as other activities.
  • $150,000 for Poachers Pantry and Vineyard will create a dedicated space to hold smoking and wine masterclasses. The experience will also include a lunch featuring the produce smoked in the class and matched to wines from the vineyard.
  • $150,000 for Collector Wines for development of new tasting experiences and visitor offering with a dedicated space for seated wine tastings expertly paired with high quality food products from the Capital and broader NSW regions; outdoor facilities for informal wine and food experiences plus spaces for events such as wine dinners.         

Osborn House General Manager Adrian Levy welcomed the funding.

 “We are very grateful for the support as we embark on this next stage for Osborn House. Here we reimagine the boutique hotel experience in Australia, and the addition of our cooking school will make it a truly special offering in regional NSW.

Our cooking school will give guests the opportunity to interact with likeminded foodies and learn from some of Australia’s best and most interesting chefs and producers”, Mr Levy said.

Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin said the NSW Government had outlined a clear goal through the Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 to make NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific.

“We are passionate about creating opportunities in for businesses in regional NSW to achieve this goal, by driving demand from new and returning visitors as the state forges ahead on its path to recovery,” Mr Franklin said.