Tourism by com­mu­nity

Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to help pro­mote re­gion

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie

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.

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