Huge snub to Games
LET me offer a pat on the back to the Tweed Heads and District Chamber of Commerce for taking the initiative to boost tourism in the Tweed.
The chamber’s placement of a large banner-style sign along the end of the Gold Coast Highway adjacent to the airport is at least a tangible effort to raise awareness of what is arguably the best part of Australia.
The Games is the largest event ever staged in Queensland and the largest in the southern hemisphere for a decade. The global television audience was 1.5 billion for the opening ceremony. There are 1640 accredited media representatives camped on the coast and countless others here to file copy about the coast.
The greatest promotion opportunity for the Tweed ever. And this is our response?
As a former vice-president of the chamber, I am certainly not casting aspersions here.
But others at council and tourism bodies should hang their heads in shame.
Warren Polglase’s presence at the unveiling does not excuse his failure to get council into gear.
Let’s face it, this section of roadway is the most disgusting in the entire Tweed.
Other than those who deface it regularly with graffiti. And it is a comparatively deserted stretch of road.
One billboard for a week in the heart of the coast would have generated potentially thousands of visits. Aaaagh!
It is morally bankrupt to believe that those who already live here can erect fences to keep the rest out.
And it is a tragedy that a lack of jobs forces our children to flee the magnificence – and safety – of the Tweed to find work elsewhere because there are no jobs here.
In which case, some effective promotion of the Tweed is vital.
We need a sensible community debate about managing tourism and population growth.
But to pretend that the biggest event ever on our doorstep could have been so pathetically ignored (not you, chamber) is a scandal. — David Russell, Tweed Heads South
WELCOME MAT: Discover the Tweed signage along the Nsw/queensland border outside the Gold Coast Airport.