Dis­trict famil tours grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett’s sec­ond Famil Tour proved even big­ger than it’s first, with about 75 peo­ple turn­ing up for a bus tour of Monto.

Mayor Rachel Chambers said the tours were in­tended to show­case other towns to peo­ple who lived in the re­gion but had not trav­elled much in it.

“Since amal­ga­ma­tion this has be­come im­por­tant for our re­gion to start act­ing as one be­cause our fund­ing is as a re­gion and we’re looked upon as the North Bur­nett re­gion,” Cr Chambers said.

The Monto tour took peo­ple out to the fa­mous Mulgildie Bun­yip hole, Ca­nia Dam and the His­tor­i­cal com­plex.

At the tour, peo­ple were of­fered “I’m a res­i­dent” badges to rep­re­sent the re­gion as tourism ambassadors.

Mayor Chambers said tourism needed to be­come part of the re­gion’s econ­omy go­ing for­ward.

“The North Bur­nett is sub­stan­tially agri­cul­tur­ally based; we do agri­cul­ture, we’re re­ally good at that,” Cr Chambers said.

“How­ever, the econ­omy of towns used to be based on tim­ber, dairy, and lots of other in­dus­tries that we’ve lost along the way.”

The next tour will be in Mount Perry on Sun­day, March 12.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FAMIL TOUR: Two bus­loads of peo­ple set off from Monto Colo­nial Inn on a tour of the re­gion.

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