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16 March 2023

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP has announced close to $100,000 in funding for a local caravan park, to boost tourism in the Bendigo electorate.

The grant, administered under the Australian Government’s Caravan Parks Grant program have been awarded to BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens Holiday Park to the sum of $90,420.

The project will create a new business park centre to accommodate future events.

The Caravan Park Grants program – which is providing $10 million for 111 park upgrade projects across Australia – is part of Government’s $48 million package of new funding to support Australia’s tourism and travel businesses and workers in their continued recovery from the impacts of the pandemic.

Funding from the program will support a range of projects, including new caravan/camping sites, new accommodation such as glamping tents and cabins, or substantial renovations to existing accommodation.

Grants will also support upgrades to sites, cabins or amenities, including to making them more accessible or environmentally friendly, along with upgrades to visitor amenities or recreational facilities.

Successful projects must be completed by 15 May 2024.



“Grants like this will help our local caravan parks attract more visitors and encourage them to stay longer by improving visitor experiences.

“Caravan parks are easily one of the most popular holiday accommodation choices, particularly for families, budget-conscious travellers and travellers who want to get off the beaten track and explore everything our country has to offer.

“We know that in recent years many Australians have rediscovered the fun and adventure of exploring our own country and the abundance of amazing destinations and experiences regions like Central Victoria has to offer.

“I congratulate BIG4 Castlemaine Gardens on their success through this program.”