Eco-Cabins Boost Macedon Ranges Tourism

The TQUAL Grants program has increased the stock of distinctive tourism accommodation in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.

Member for McEwen, Rob Mitchell, officially launched the Gisborne Peak Winery accommodation project this week.

The Australian government provided $100,000 towards the cost of three five-star energy-rated eco-cabins in the 2009 round of funding. These units allow visitors to source their power from the sun and the wind. The investment at the winery will attract more overnight visitors to the ranges.

These cabins add to the stock of distinctive accommodation in the Macedon Ranges,” said Mr Mitchell. “Visitors typically spend around $73 million in the Macedon region in a single year. That’s a lot of income for more than 1700 tourism business in this region that rely on tourism to an extent.

“Since nearly half of those employers have fewer than 20 staff on the payroll, the small business sector as a whole benefits from new investment in tourism,” Mr Mitchell said.

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