Tourism by community
Residents are encouraged to help promote region
THE Famil Tours emphasised the need for the community to take an active role in promoting tourism.
Two such initiatives taking place in Monto highlight this initiative; Monto Magic Tourism’s plan to beautify the old rail station, and the non-profit initiative to revitalise the Rex.
After failing to secure a volunteer grant from the Foundation For Rural and Regional Renewal to buy plants for the rail station, Monto Magic put the call out Facebook for people to donate recycled plants.
Monto Magic Tourism president Liz Robertson said it didn’t take long for them to get volunteers.
“Misty Green who works for council has done a project with recycled things, so she’s going to help us design something for the platform, and we’ve got local people offering plants,” Mrs Robertson said.
“The plan to turn the building into a museum is still on and the old station master has given us a few things for that.”
While the plan to turn the railway station into a tourist spot has been in the cards for a while, the plan to revitalise Monto’s old picture theatre, the Rex is a more recent development.
Carly Burnham is putting together a Planning Council to gather ideas from volunteers about what they’d like to see done with the building.
“We want this Saturday to be an introduction to The Rex and open it up so people can have a look, do a bit of cleaning up and talk about our plans for it,” Mrs Burnham said.
“When it’s open, there’ll be volunteer roles for manning the gallery, admin, social media and maintenance; if people are willing to help, we can create roles for them.”
The group is working with the Tim Faifax Family Foundation to secure funding, to help fun the restoration and potentially create some paid roles.
Mrs Burnham said people looking to promote micro-businesses in the Rex can do so.
“We want this to be a long-term project,” she said.