Bil­l­abong to func­tion in all weather

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

COCKTAILSwith croc­o­diles may soon be a re­al­ity af­ter Bil­l­abong Sanc­tu­ary was given funds to build an out­door, weather-proof fa­cil­ity fit for rainy days.

The $100,000 fed­eral grant has been awarded to the tourist hotspot to con­struct an all-weather fa­cil­ity to hold con­fer­ences, events and large func­tions in an out­door set­ting.

Sanc­tu­ary owner Bob Flem­ing said the new build­ing would be a draw­card for re­gional tourism.

‘‘We’ve been pretty suc­cess­ful with con­ven­tions in the past, we’ve done some re­ally big ones, but we don’t have a wet weather venue,’’ Mr Flem­ing said.

‘‘As a re­sult we’ve been los­ing out on a lot of bids be­cause we don’t have plan B if it rains.

‘‘(But with the new fa­cil­ity) if peo­ple ar­rive while it is still light, we will be do­ing croc­o­dile feed­ing — if it is dark we’ll have cock­tails with a croc­o­dile.’’

Con­struc­tion will start next month.

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