Shire’s tourist drive

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Emily Mac­don­ald

THE Bur­dekin is hop­ing to at­tract a big­ger chunk of the driv­ing and lo­cal tourism mar­kets by mak­ing im­prove­ments to a se­ries of pub­lic sites.

Bur­dekin Shire Coun­cil hopes to se­cure fund­ing for im­prove­ments to the Inker­man Hill look­out, Mount Kelly l ook­out, L i o n s D i o r a m a a n d Char­lie’s Hill and is seek­ing pub­lic in­put on con­cept plans.

Im­prove­ments will in­clude things like shade s t r uct ur e s , f o o t p a t hs , seat­ing, bar­be­cue fa­cilit i e s a nd i nt e r p r e t i v e signs and if all goes well the work will be com­pleted in stages over a fiveyear pe­riod.

Mayor Lyn McLaugh­lin said the con­cept plans for the four sites were avail­able for pub­lic com­ment.

‘‘ The plans vary for each site, but the aim is to make all four sites more at­trac­tive and tourist friendly,’’ she said.

Bur­dekin Shire Coun­cil man­ager of eco­nomic and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment Tony Vac­caro said while the Bur­dekin was pri­mar­ily known as a farm­ing com­mu­nity, it had unique ex­pe­ri­ences to of­fer vis­i­tors.

‘‘ We’re an agri­cul­tural based town but we’re of­fer­ing a scenic ex­pe­ri­ence with a mix of ad­ven­ture,’’ Mr Vac­caro said.

‘‘ Peo­ple can go barra fish­ing, wa­ter ski­ing and we even have the Na­tional Kite Board­ing Cham­pi­onships be­ing held at Alva Beach over t he An­zac Day week­end.

‘‘ The driv­ing mar­ket is our big­gest mar­ket and so if we can get tourists to stay for a cou­ple of hours or even an overnight stay it will im­prove the lo­cal econ­omy.’’

T h e p l a n s c a n b e v i e wed a t www. b u r d ekin. qld. gov. au. The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod runs un­til March 31.

Bur­dekin Shire Coun­cil will host a stall at the T o w n s v i l l e T o u r i s m Expo at The Strand mar­kets on May 6 to pro­mote tourism ex­pe­ri­ences the area has to of­fer.

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