Congratulations to the six successful applicants from Round 1 of Turtle Tank:


Katrina Elliott Photography & Design

Kirsten’s Cottage

StixPix Productions

1770 Lagoons Central Apartment Resort 

Traveller’s Rest 1770 

Ward’s Brewery


For the full media release and details on each of the successful initiatives please click here



Round 2 Status: Watch this space for future announcements 


The Together Gladstone initiative will partner with Gladstone Regional Council (GRC) and
Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited (GAPDL) to support the region’s
tourism industry through the challenges and recovery from the effects of the COVID-19


The Turtle Tank Fund is designed to enhance unique opportunities including innovative
ideas, campaigns and initiatives in the tourism space which aim to benefit the region now
and into the future.


Council has contributed $50,000, with a further $50,000 being contributed by the Together
Gladstone Fund totaling $100,000 available for ideas that make tracks in tourism and


Financial contributors of the Together Gladstone Fund include Boyne Smelters Limited,
ConocoPhillips as downstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG, Queensland Alumina
Limited, Rio Tinto Yarwun, Santos GLNG, Shell’s QGC Business and other local industries.

Coming together to support the region’s social, tourism and economic sectors, the Together
Gladstone Fund are proud to be involved with the Turtle Tank Fund to make a real
difference in the lives of the region’s residents.


The Turtle Tank Fund will be administered by GAPDL. For further information contact GAPDL
Tourism Manager Nicola Scurr on (07) 4972 4000 or via email
on tourismmanager@gapdl.com.au



Criteria and Guidelines


The purpose of the fund is to support innovative ideas, campaigns and initiatives in the
Tourism space which benefit the Gladstone Region now and into the future. The funding
process is an innovative process designed to foster innovation and provide an opportunity
to progress new ideas outside of a traditional written application.


Examples of successful projects may include (but are not limited to):

– New Tourism products or services
– Seed funding to support business case development
– Innovative marketing campaigns
– Equipment and/or infrastructure that supports growth of existing tourism products
   or services


The desired outcome is to create new tourism products in the Gladstone Region.

Projects should show that they are;

  • Innovative
  • Sustainable
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Aligned to strategy;
         GRC Visitor Economy Strategy and sub-strategies
         GAPDL Destination Tourism Plan


Where projects are not successful in the application process, the panel may recommend
additional mentoring, tourism growth development workshops or other advice. This may be
funded from the fund. The decision to do so is at the panel’s discretion. 

All successful projects must be completed within a timeframe of 18 months. 


Applicant requirements


Applicants can be:

  • Not for Profit Organisations
  • Businesses/Commercial Operators based in the Gladstone Local Government Area (LGA)
  • Partnerships/Consortiums


Applicants must:

  • Be incorporated (not applicable for businesses)
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Be financially solvent
  • Have an operational bank account for the funds to be paid into.


Applicants must not be:

  • Religious Organisations
  • Political Organisations
  • A Sporting Club
  • Educational Institutions
  • Local, State and Federal Government agency


Projects should be able to demonstrate they are innovative, sustainable, environmentally
conscious and aligned to the GRC Visitor Economy Strategy and sub-strategies as well as
the GAPDL Destination Tourism Plan. There is a preference for projects which leverage off
current events and or existing infrastructure in the region.


Application process


1.  Applicants will attend a Tourism Innovation Fund information session on 20th January


2.  Applicants will submit a written application outlining the concept of the initiative to
the panel for assessment;


3.  Successful written applicants will be invited to attend the Turtle Tank where
applicants will be required to pitch their initiative to a panel of expert investors
which will consist of five members.

Tourism Innovation Fund Information Session Content Includes;

– Eligibility and criteria
– Key points to hit on in a successful application
– ATDW information and it’s importance to your product and application
– Introduction to supporting documents – GRC Visitor Economy Strategy, GAPDL Destination Tourism Plan
– Presentation and sales skills in preparation for the turtle tank

This session will be presented in person and virtually to allow fair and equitable access for
all applicants.




  • Round One Opens: 10th January, 2022
  • Round One Turtle Tank Fund Information Session: 20th January, 2022 from 4pm-5pm at GECC and virtually (all applicants are required to attend)
  • Round One Closes: 7th March, 2022
  • Assessment Period: 2 weeks (7th – 21st March)
  • Turtle Tank Hosted: 24th March, 2022
  • All applicants will be notified of an outcome within two weeks – 7 April, 2022


Maximum funding per application is $10,000.

Successful applicants will be required to be involved in media/press opportunities.

Gladstone Regional Council have final sign off on successful submissions.

Please note all Turtle Tank Panellists will sign a confidentiality agreement. 

Print and email your application in or fill out the online google form using the links below.


Round 1 of Turtle Tank is now CLOSED, watch this space for future announcements.