Shire’s tourist drive
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.