New videos to show­case area

New YouTube clips show our re­gion’s top tourist at­trac­tions

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

A NEW on­line video se­ries high­light­ing tourist at­trac­tions in the North Bur­nett has been re­leased on YouTube.

The videos, un­der the se­ries name Sand­stone Sto­ries, were pro­duced by Bund­aberg North Bur­nett Tourism (BNBT).

Eidsvold lo­cal Natalie Chap­man ap­peared in one of the videos, ex­plain­ing the his­tory of Eidsvold.

“They asked me to do a bit of a story, be­cause I’m lo­cal and indige­nous, Ms Chap­man said.

Natalie Chap­man It’s just beau­ti­ful to be able to share that with the wider com­mu­nity.

“They wanted to have that ef­fect and that sto­ry­line, about some­one who knew the area and was brought up here.”

“It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I al­ways wanted to have some­thing like that, and I think for me it was ex­cit­ing.

“It was chal­leng­ing, be­cause I’ve never re­ally done any­thing like that be­fore.”

A lo­cal Wakka Wakka woman, Ms Chap­man works at the RM Wil­liam Cen­tre in Eidsvold, greet­ing vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

“The videos wanted to have a look at your con­nec­tions to the place, your sto­ries and how it was sig­nif­i­cant, how sig­nif­i­cant your com­mu­nity is to you,” Ms Chap­man said.

“It was beau­ti­ful to watch the out­come of it and to see oh that’s me, and to project my life.

“My kids have got that now for­ever.

“It’s just beau­ti­ful to be able to share that with the wider com­mu­nity.”

BNBT gen­eral man­ager Kather­ine Mer­gard said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was given fund­ing to pro­duce 12 vi­gnettes that be­came Sand­stone Sto­ries, show­cas­ing dif­fer­ent el­e­ments of the Bund­aberg and North Bur­nett re­gions.

“Not just to pro­duce them, but then am­plify them into our key tar­get mar­kets,” Mr Mer­gard said.

“It’s re­ally em­pow­ered our hin­ter­land, to the south Great Bar­rier Reef.

“It high­lights the in­cred­i­ble di­ver­sity our re­gion has.”

Ms Mer­gard said the videos were made by TPD Me­dia, who also pro­duce Queens­land Week­ender for Chan­nel 7.

“They did a great job and they know our re­gion so well,” she said.

“The videos are be­ing show­cased via so­cial me­dia channels over the next 6 week.

“They’re aimed at rais­ing drive vis­i­ta­tion and overnight vis­i­ta­tion to the hin­ter­land ar­eas of the North Bur­nett.”

Ms Mer­gard said the re­sponse to the videos had been pos­i­tive.

“The Eidsvold one has had 20,000 views,” she said.

“The North Bur­nett videos (in to­tal) have had 64,306 views, as of June 10.”

Other North Bur­nett lo­ca­tions featured in the video se­ries in­cluded Glene­den Bul­lock Team and Or­ganic Farm, Ca­nia Gorge and a fea­ture on Moira Thomp­son from Ex­pe­ri­ence Al­ti­tude, Biggen­den.

North Bur­nett Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said she wel­comed the videos.

“I think ev­ery­thing we do to pro­mote the re­gion is a good thing,” Cr Cham­bers said.

BNBT is a joint ven­ture be­tween North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil and Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

YOUTUBE SE­RIES: Natalie Chap­man featured in the Sand­stone Sto­ries videos.

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