New videos to showcase area
New YouTube clips show our region’s top tourist attractions
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.
YOUTUBE SERIES: Natalie Chapman featured in the Sandstone Stories videos.