THERE was belated recognition that Tony Abbott’s Cabinet had not got it quite right when it came to the tourism industry, with the news that Trade Minister Andrew Robb was to have responsibility for the sector.
The industry has said this will remove some of the confusion about ministerial responsibility. It was strange that such an important contibutor to the Australian economy was treated like this in the first place.
As we can all see from the plethora of recent announcements about major tourism assets being snapped up by big investors, it looks like the region is in for a massive and sustained economic boost - and just in time at that. It looks like some of the big players have decided the time is finally right to make the substantial plunge, backing their faith in the region’s future, and that vote of confidence will start to feed through the local economy soon in the form of more jobs, more money going through stores, and more optimism being generated.
In recent days, whether you speak to the real estate people about their market, or the tourism experts, it seems the news is all good.
On another note entirely, it was sad to see a dead scrubfowl on the road outside the Wildlife Habitat, where about a dozen of them live on the verges of the road. I noticed the other day one of them tentatively setting off to cross the road not far in front of my car and I had to warn it away. My guess is they think the road is so quiet now that it’s an easy thing to cross to the other side.
But though the road detour outside the LGA has cut down the traffic, it’s still not safe for megapodes. Please watch out for them!