I was pleased to present the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise Chairman, Donald Luscombe (pictured centre) and CEO Bernard Fehon (right) with a $26,000 grant on behalf of Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall to assist running the Australian Bushfire Conference in the Blue Mountains later this year. 

The Australian Bushfire Building Conference is one of the first regional conferences to receive funds under the NSW Government’s Regional Conferencing Development Grants Program.

This Grants Program, which is part of the $6 million NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan, provides investment into the regional visitor economy on a matched-dollar-for-dollar basis.

This grant will help to attract more business event visitors to the Blue Mountains which will generate lucrative opportunities for our region’s tourism industry.

Staging business events is a great way to not only boost overnight visitation but encourage more visitors to experience everything that’s on offer, from our fantastic food and wine scene, natural attractions, spectacular scenery and renowned hospitality.

The Australian Bushfire Building Conference to be held in September at both Springwood and Fairmont Resort, Leura is a National Conference building upon our communities deep experience of bushfires whilst showcasing the beauty of the Blue Mountains and why it is an ideal conference location.

We look forward to welcoming first-time and returning visitors to our region for the Australian Bushfire Building Conference as a result of this NSW Government funding boost which contributes to our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to NSW by 2020.

For more information on the NSW Regional Conferencing Strategy and Action Plan, including the Grants Program, go to,