16 December 2011
Four South Australian tourism developments, worth a total of $2.4 million, will go ahead with the help of State Government grants.
The developments include adding luxury eco villas to an Adelaide Hills cooking school, creating a
world-class restaurant in a Barossa winery, and redeveloping a railway station to benefit an iconic
Flinders Ranges train.
Tourism Minister Gail Gago says the four $50,000 grants are part of the Government’s ongoing investment through the South Australian Tourism Commission’s (SATC) Tourism Development Fund.
The fund assists tourism operators across the state who are building new and innovative tourism
accommodation, attractions and tours, as well as revitalising and updating existing tourism ventures.
“Tourism, directly and indirectly, employs more than 53,000 South Australians, including many in regional areas, and tourism is often an economic lifeline for our state’s regional economies,” the Minister said.
Among the grant recipients is award-winning Sticky Rice Cooking School, which will be constructing two new Asian-themed luxury eco villas, increasing the availability of high-end accommodation in the Adelaide Hills, and creating a full food and wine holiday experience to encourage visitors to stay
longer in the region.
Grant recipient Claire Fuller, who owns Sticky Rice Cooking School, says she and her team have
been working closely with the SATC to promote food and wine tourism in the Adelaide Hills and South Australia for several years now.
“The new villas are part of our big picture plan,” Ms Fuller said.
“We are delighted the SATC shares our vision and will be helping us to attract more people to our cooking classes.
“This will also give people the opportunity to stay in the region and experience all the attractions of the Adelaide Hills.”