DEEDI senior officer Wendy Bennett discusses the tourism potential of the Mary Valley with MVI president Graham Miller after she formally signed over a $10,000 grant to the organisation.
DEEDI senior officer Wendy Bennett discusses the tourism potential of the Mary Valley with MVI president Graham Miller after she formally signed over a $10,000 grant to the organisation. Contributed

Grant provides ways to prosper

MARY Valley Inc continues to bring money into the local community to promote the area, winning a $10,000 grant to employ a project co-ordinator for its tourism marketing campaign.

President Graham Miller said the successful grant came from the Building Rural Communities program which recently announced a total of $453,000 in grants to fund capacity building projects in Queensland.

MVI will employ a part-time project coordinator for six months to professionally promote the Mary Valley through an inaugural branding campaign, Mary Valley Country - come out to play.

This would help bring people to the valley, supporting both economic and community development.

The co-ordinator would develop internet marketing and packaging and bundling options for the valley, oversee the development of a promotional web site as well as coordinating training workshops to businesses and volunteers to allow them to benefit from the internet branding campaign.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Economies Tim Mulherin said the funding was from the third round of grants under the $2 million Building Rural Communities Fund.

"Under the plan, funding of up to $10,000 is available to organisations for projects that improve the economic, social and cultural capacity of their regions," Mr Mulherin said.

"To date, 101 rural projects have received funding under the initiative with a further 52 projects receiving funding in this round.

"We want to help rural and regional communities become places that people want to live, work and raise families, and these grants are part of a plan to help make that happen," he said.

Mr Mulherin said some of the other successful applications included:

Development of an interactive heritage trails network for culturally significant places within the Gympie Region - from Gympie Regional Council; and, The Growing in the Burnett Inc to raise awareness among local growers of the need for diversifying and strengthening capacity in locally produced foods.

The project will also help empower potential growers and producers.

The Building Rural Communities Fund is administered by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) through the Rural and Regional Queensland Unit, and is supported by a network of DEEDI Regional Offices outside South-East Queensland.