The Victorian Government has given Daylesford a boost by committing $200,000, with a contribution from William Angliss, towards a business case and planning document for the The Institute of Gastronomy in Daylesford.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today welcomed the commitment in progressing this critical project as part of the $10 million Enabling Tourism Fund, supporting feasibility studies, master planning and business cases for tourism projects across the state.

Ms Thomas said, “This project will bolster our region’s tourism appeal and bolster jobs into the future.”

The Institute of Gastronomy has a detailed business case and planning document to explore lucrative edu-tourism market for William Angliss TAFE. This will build on the preliminary business case from 2018. Realisation of the project would reinforce Victoria’s standing as a leader in gastronomy and strengthen the region’s brand as a location rich in quality produce.

The $1.9 million first tranche of the Enabling Tourism Fund will support the development of eight new tourism projects across Victoria.

The Fund forms part of the $633 million Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan, a strategy to drive annual visitor expenditure to $35 billion and tourism sector jobs beyond 300,000 by June 2024. A competitive round of the Enabling Tourism Fund will be announced later in the year.