SIGN UPSETS LOCALS
CHILDERS Chamber of Commerce and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism have decided a marketing billboard in Childers promoting the turtle season will remain in place.
The sign, at the intersection of Goodwood Rd and the Bruce Hwy, upset some in the Childers community for its location and wording.
The billboard features a turtle with the words “Welcome her home” followed by “Bundaberg turtle season”.
Last week, Childers Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Geoff Bassett told the NewsMail the billboard was destination marketing for Bundaberg not Childers.
“We don’t need our representative tourism body putting a big bloody sign inside our town telling the visitor they have got to go to Bundaberg,” he said, at the time.
At a meeting on Tuesday, Childers Chamber of Commerce and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism chairman Michael Owens met to discuss the issues surrounding the billboard.
A joint statement was released saying “Both Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism and the Childers Chamber of Commerce are committed to the successful destination marketing of the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region inclusive of the Isis area”.
It went on to say “Both organisations have come away from today’s meeting with a greater understanding of each other’s roles and capabilities which assists greatly towards achieving those common objectives that each share”.
Mr Owens said it was a productive meeting.
“As an organisation we are very proud of the Childers area and what it has to offer toward the visitor economy,” he said.
CCC vice president John Russo said the meeting was a great step for both organisations to work together “collaboratively in the interest of members and the whole region”.
BILLBOARD IRE: A billboard in Childers promoting the turtle season has angered some residents.