Page MP Janelle Saffin says she’s delighted that the Federal Government has announced $500,000 in TQUAL tourism grants for the Clarence Valley Council’s eco-tourism project for the Clarence River.

“The funding is for ‘The Clarence, river of adventure’, an exciting eco-tourism project which maximises the nature and adventure tourism potential of the Clarence River, while preserving the integrity of the river,” she said.

“The $500,000 in TQUAL grant funds will be used towards the development of camping and canoe access sites in the upper river, development of guides to canoeing, kayaking, cruising and sailing on the Clarence and development of a riverfront concept plan for Grafton.

“I was happy to strongly support the council’s innovative eco-tourism proposal, and congratulate CVC for its continuing success with its tourism projects and promotion.

“This project builds on the Clarence River Way Master Plan, which was funded for $105,000 under the Australian Tourism Development Program, and which I jointly launched with Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson in Ulmarra recently.”

Cr Williamson said this was another example of the strong relationship which had developed between the council and the Federal Government over the past year or so.

“This project will open up the tourism potential of the mighty Clarence River and deliver great benefits to local residents and tourist,” he said.

Amaze’n’Place in Alstonville also received a TQUAL grant of $10,000 for an interactive educational optical illusions science centre.