So­cial me­dia storm may have pro­moted Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THEY say any pub­lic­ity is good pub­lic­ity, and that might be the case for Monto fol­low­ing the Big4 Car­a­van Park so­cial me­dia up­roar ear­lier this month.

“There is no way I would head north now and not go to Monto,” said Car­a­van­ning and Mo­torhome Club of Aus­tralia chair­man Vin­cent Mo­ran.

“Who­ever read about Monto be­fore this? That’s one good thing Peter Rankin has done – he has put Monto on the map,” Mr Mo­ran said.

De­spite the anti-free-camp­ing mes­sage in Ca­nia Gorge Big 4 Car­a­van Park owner Peter Rankin’s pe­ti­tion (CNBT, May 29), dozens have pledged to sup­port the town on Free Choice Camp­ing’s Face­book page. The let­ter may have had the op­po­site ef­fect to that it in­tended.

Monto Magic Tourism Ac­tion Group pres­i­dent Lyn Tucker said the group had been fo­cused on dam­age con­trol since the let­ter was pub­lished and she had not thought much about pos­i­tives to come from it.

“But there have cer­tainly been a lot of car­a­vans pulling up lately,” Ms Tucker said.

“I’m sure they aren’t go­ing to the car­a­van park, but they might do the rest of the town some good,” she said.

“I also read about a bloke from Tas­ma­nia say­ing he had never heard about Monto be­fore but he wanted to come and have a look at the place now.”

CMCA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Richard Bar­wick said: “The trav­el­ling net­work is in­cred­i­ble when it comes to talk­ing.

“I can get a mes­sage to Dar­win quicker than a per­son could on the phone,” Mr Bar­wick said.

“It might not be the same mes­sage once it gets there, but it will ar­rive in some form or an­other,” he said.

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