Tourism push holds key for Typo future

FUNDING: The historic homestead at Mt Typo Station will be renovated as Evolve look to draw an income from tourism.

TOURISM could be the savior of Evolve’s operations at Typo Station.

Evolve is upping its commitment to tourism by venturing into guided eco walks and increasing its accommodation options.

Key to the move will be a renovation of the historic homestead at the King Valley property, which will undergo $120,000 worth of works.

The works have been made possible thanks to a $66,000 grant provided through the Federal Government’s T-QUAL – Tourism Quality projects funding stream.

All money made from tourism operations will feed back into Evolve’s core business of running programs for at risk youth.

In the past year Evolve has had to cut back on its staff numbers and the number of youth it can put through its programs.

Evolve chief executive officer, Paul Stolz, said it was no secret they had been struggling, and that the move into tourism was “crucial” to the organisation’s future.

“We’re trying to design a sustainable future for Evolve,” he said.

“We’d like to be generating somewhere in the vicinity of $200k – $300k in the first couple of years and $400k after that.

“That will be turned back into the not for profit side of the business.”

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