Mas­sive ef­fort got the re­gion back in shape

Central and North Burnett Times - - TRAVEL -

THE state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments have thrown their sup­port be­hind the Whit­sun­days re­gion, with the Premier declar­ing it “open for busi­ness” fol­low­ing its bat­ter­ing by Cy­clone Deb­bie last month.

The Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk vis­ited the Whit­sun­days on April 11 and, along with Tourism Min­is­ter Kate Jones, pledged $5 mil­lion in fund­ing for the parts of Queens­land af­fected by the Cat­e­gory 4 cy­clone that struck on March 28.

The State Govern­ment’s fund­ing matches the $5 mil­lion pledged by the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

The Premier vis­ited the Port of Air­lie Mar­itime Ter­mi­nal in Air­lie Beach and said the Whit­sun­days was a beau­ti­ful re­gion.

“My mes­sage to­day is that the Whit­sun­days is open for busi­ness,” she said.

“The money pledged to­day will en­sure Queens­land, and the Whit­sun­days, can get back on its feet and we are here to sup­port you.”

Ms Jones said tourism was the “lifeblood” of the Whit­sun­days.

‘‘ My mes­sage to­day is that the Whit­sun­days is open for busi­ness.

“This new $10 mil­lion mar­ket­ing cam­paign will show­case the Whit­sun­days to the world and Aus­tralia,” she said.

“We are say­ing very clearly that you can hol­i­day here in the Whit­sun­days – it is not only beau­ti­ful but it is truly re­stored, thanks to every­one work­ing around the clock – and we would en­cour­age those with hol­i­days booked to fol­low through, and those who are plan­ning a hol­i­day to con­sider the Whit­sun­days, as the wel­come mat is well and truly out.”

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Craig Turner said the fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment made by the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments would be a “shot in the arm” the Whit­sun­days needed.


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