Billabong to function in all weather
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.
WHAT A HOOT . . . Christy Derwent shows a tawny frog-mouth to Jack and Emily Wilson