Volume 72 | June 25th 2021
The New South Wales Wine Industry Association represents the interests of all NSW wine producers and grape growers. Our aim is for the NSW Wine Industry Association to advocate for the NSW Wine Industry and provide information and a sense of belonging to our members.
Does your cellar door need better accessibility or has your region always wanted its own vineyard bike track or visitor viewing platforms to look out over the vines? Well, the NSW Government’s new $30 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund supports the development of unique and high impact tourism and events infrastructure that helps to boost local economies, create jobs and ensure visitors to regional NSW have unforgettable experiences that encourage repeat visitation. 
The Regional Tourism Activation Fund is also aiming to boost regional tourism and improve the visitor experience for people with disability in regional NSW by making funding available for:
  • the development of unique and high impact visitor experiences
  • visitor accessibility and inclusion enhancements.
Types of projects eligible for funding include:
  • construction of new tourism infrastructure and / or significant enhancements to existing infrastructure to create unique and high impact visitor experiences
  • upgrades and extensions to existing infrastructure to improve accessibility and inclusion linked to unique and high impact visitor experiences.
The Regional Tourism Activation Fund will be available through two funding streams:
Stream One: Unique and high impact visitor experiences
Grants between $200,000 and $5 million are available for projects that create unique and high impact visitor experiences for people visiting regional NSW and encourage more people to plan and book holidays in regional areas.
Examples of types of projects eligible for funding include:
  • construction of a new cliff-top walk and viewing platform
  • development of a new and unique major event space
  • development of a new iconic and nationally recognised attraction
  • construction of infrastructure required to provide new nature-based experiences, such as a pontoon for expedition cruising
  • creating a mountain bike trail with international appeal.
Stream Two: Visitor accessibility and inclusion enhancements
Grants between $50,000 and $500,000 are available for projects that improve accessibility and inclusion at unique and high impact tourism destinations and visitor experiences.
Examples of types of projects eligible for funding include:
  • installing a lift in a multi-level venue
  • construction to allow for clear access pathways from a public space into a venue or tourism business
  • upgrades to accessible visitor amenity
  • upgrades to information technology including the provision of captioning and audio description
  • provision of hearing loops and beacon wayfinding technology.
Key dates
Applications opened: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Applications close: 12pm on Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Successful projects announced from November 2021
Click HERE to get info, support and to make an application.
The Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch is back on the wine industry calendar in 2021, to be held at Doltone House Hyde Park on Friday 6 August, 12.30pm – 3.30pm.
By attending the lunch you have the chance to immerse yourself in this year’s trophy and award winning wines and hear from the Chair of Judges PJ Charteris, while enjoying a delicious three-course meal.
Lunch ticket holders will also be provided access to the Exhibitor and Trade Tasting at the 2021 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park, which will be held in the morning of 6 August, prior to the luncheon.
Event details:
1. Get CONNECTED – free website membership program
List your business on our websites sydney.com or visitnsw.com via Get Connected, so when we promote your product or service we can link to your business.  
> Regularly review and update your listing; upload new images and video, and ensure your description is accurate and engaging.  
> Link your online booking software, if relevant, so users can book directly through sydney.com or visitnsw.com from your listing. 
> Add your deals and offers to Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) which will drive to sydney.com and visitnsw.com.

2. Get SOCIAL – engage with our social media platforms
Share your content on social media with the hashtag #LoveNSW and #NewSouthWales, and tag @VisitNSW on Facebook and Instagram, @NewSouthWales on Twitter.   

Destination NSW monitors these hashtags daily and looks for materials to feature on our channels, so your photos and business may be included.  
Get involved and follow our Visit NSW social media channels. Keep an eye out for relevant content, leave a comment or share a post that relates to your experience or destination. 
Watch our NSW First Quick Tips Web Tutorial on Social Media to find out more.
3. Get CONTENT – use our content to make your business shine
Access image, video and copy collections on the Destination NSW Content Library and use them in your marketing for FREE to promote your destination and experience in NSW.
Registrations are now open for the AWRI’s winter 2021 webinar program. All webinars are free to attend but do require pre-registration
Each webinar will include a presentation and, where appropriate, a practitioner to provide real-life examples and scenarios to complement the webinar. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.
Sessions are held on Thursdays at 12 noon.
8 July - New tools and practical techniques for monitoring and maintaining drip irrigation systems, with Jeremy Giddings (Agriculture Victoria)
15 July - Wine provenance, an isotopic approach, with Dr Eric Wilkes (AWRI)
22 July - Overview of the 2021 National Vintage Report, with Sandy Hathaway (Wine Australia)
29 July - Managing grapevine trunk diseases during pruning, with Dr Mark Sosnowski (SARDI) and Mia Fischer (Simonit and Sirch)
5 August - Sustainable Winegrowing Australia update, with Dr Mardi Longbottom (AWRI)
Registrations HERE.
The Wine Communicators of Australia (WCA) are also hosting a webinar on 13 July 2021 at 12:30pm called ‘Full disclosure on wine labels’, with Assoc. Prof. Armando Maria Corsi (Adelaide Business School) providing an overview on the current status of the labelling regulation, followed by some insights from a cross-country study conducted in Australia, Italy and Germany.
This webinar is free to ALL WCA members, non-members will be charged $50 + GST to access.
Register HERE.
+ NSW First Program online refresh - Destination NSW have made it even easier for you to navigate through the NSW First Program and find relevant resources for your tourism business. Check the new look out HERE

+ NWGIC has celebrated the achievements of two PhD graduates who’ve been presented with their awards by Charles Sturt University - full press release HERE