App lauds retro past

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - For more in­for­ma­tion, visit cas­sowarycoast.qld.gov.au/trop­i­cal-art­deco.

A NEW app ex­tolling the virtues of the Cassowary Coast’s art deco ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory has been un­veiled.

The Cassowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil of­fi­cially launched the Trop­i­cal Art Deco app yes­ter­day pro­vid­ing direc­tions, dis­tances, pho­tos and in­for­ma­tion about his­toric build­ings and places.

Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kre­mas­tos said be­neath the re­gion’s build­ings lived pow­er­ful sto­ries of the past and how the Cassowary Coast had thrived.

“It was in 1918 af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing cy­clone hit the re­gion that al­most all build­ings in the dis­trict were de­stroyed, leav­ing only the build­ings con­structed of re­in­forced con­crete,” said Cr Kre­mas­tos.

“This tragedy led to the re­build­ing of the re­gion and the be­gin­ning of art deco in the Cassowary Coast which is fa­mous for hav­ing one of the largest con­cen­tra­tions of art deco build­ings in Aus­tralia.”

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Michael McCor­mack said high­light­ing the strong art deco her­itage in Far North Queens­land was a fan­tas­tic way to boost tourism in the re­gion.

Cr Kre­mas­tos said the best part about the app was it was free.

“We haven’t rein­vented the wheel here, we’ve got some mag­nif­i­cent build­ings with great his­tory and sto­ries be­hind them, so to show­case this as a tourist at­trac­tion free of charge is a great as­set to our re­gion,” he said.

“This is what eco­nomic ac­ti­va­tion is all about in that the self-guided tour will take them on a jour­ney through­out our re­gion and give them the op­por­tu­nity to stop in at shops and cafes along the way where they will spend money.”

Se­na­tor for Queens­land James McGrath, who at­tended the launch, said the streets of In­n­is­fail and Tully came to life ear­lier this month for the Trop­i­cal Art Deco Week­end.

“Now an an­nual event, the week­end is about show­cas­ing the town’s rich his­tory, com­plete with vin­tage cars, vin­tage fash­ion and tours of the re­gion’s art deco build­ings re­built af­ter the cy­clones in 2006 and 2011,” he said. This project was funded through the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund.

For those who do not have a smart­phone, a brochure is avail­able from any of the Cassowary Coast’s Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tres.

The app is now avail­able for smart­phones run­ning on iOS or An­droid.

Visit your app store and search Trop­i­cal Art Deco to down­load.

BUILD­ING CON­NEC­TIONS: Kim Agli and Sean O’Brien put the new Trop­i­cal Art Deco app to the test in Tully.

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