Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP, today welcomed confirmation of critical projects for the region as part of the $46 million Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round aimed at delivering a charge to the visitor economy while we continue our steady recovery from the global pandemic.

Maree with Ian Green (Chairman, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion) in the grounds of The Great Stupa.

Our region’s tourism has been given a boost, with the Andrews Labor Government today committing $920,000 towards 2 projects in central Victoria.

The projects are:

Welcome to Dja Dja Wurrung Country, Castlemaine – $400,000

An interactive and dynamic installation within the iconic Castlemaine Market Building (Visitor Information Centre) which will showcase the historic and contemporary stories of the local Jaara people of the region to a local and visitor audience.

Great Stupa Event & Tourism Infrastructure, Bendigo – $520,000

Investment in lighting and facility upgrades to host increased events and visitors. The improved infrastructure will allow the site to focus on delivering a high number of night time events throughout the year.

The Regional Tourism Investment Fund – Stimulus Round will support the development of 30 projects across the state.

It forms part of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package and delivers the first infrastructure outcome of the program after the resounding success of the Melbourne and regional travel voucher schemes.

To see a complete list of projects supported by the fund’s stimulus round, visit

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