Let’s ride the wave of tourism po­ten­tial

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY - MY SAY FRAZER PEARCE EDI­TOR

THE Surf Lakes plan to build a world first wave park on Yep­poon Rd il­lus­trates the fan­tas­tic tourism po­ten­tial of this re­gion.

It’s grat­i­fy­ing to know that of all the places on the east coast of Aus­tralia they picked us with one of the key at­trac­tions for the surf park de­vel­op­ers be­ing our “fab­u­lous” all-year­round swim­ming weather.

This should be the start of some­thing re­ally big for this area in­stead of stake­hold­ers hang­ing so much hope on the resur­gence of Great Kep­pel Is­land.

I am filled with op­ti­mism about what is fur­ther pos­si­ble for us in the ad­ven­ture tourism space.

Just imag­ine the pulling power for Rock­hamp­ton and Yep­poon if this surf at­trac­tion can be de­vel­oped into a fullscale com­mer­cial enterprise.

This dy­namic surf fun park would be com­ple­mented by the close prox­im­ity of the laid­back leisure op­tion avail­able at the Yep­poon Fore­shore La­goon, un­der con­struc­tion and due to be opened early 2018.

In ad­di­tion, one of our best nat­u­ral ad­ven­ture sites, Mt Jim Crow, is only a stone’s throw away from the wave park.

I can see tourists start­ing their day with a climb up Mt Jim Crow and then off to the wave pool across the road for a re­fresh­ing surf be­fore fin­ish­ing the day with fish and chips at the Yep­poon la­goon. Maybe they can even fit in a moun­tain bike ride at First Tur­key.

I ap­plaud Yep­poon Re­gional Coun­cil and Capricorn Enterprise for the work done to get Surf Lakes to this point, but what else can the State and Fed­eral Govern­ments do to make this dream and re­al­ity?

NAIF any­one?

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