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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”.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

BILL­BOARD IRE: A bill­board in Childers pro­mot­ing the tur­tle sea­son has an­gered some res­i­dents.

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