BULLOO BOOSTS RE­GION

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BULLOO Shire Coun­cil has part­nered with the South West Red Group to con­tinue to de­velop tourism in the re­gion.

The part­ner­ship with South West Red Group aims to progress lo­cal tourism de­vel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties and as­sist busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties in the shire to make the most of re­gional tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties.

As part of the part­ner­ship and coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing the re­gion’s tourism, coun­cil staff at­tended the Pro­gress­ing Tourism in the Bulloo Shire pub­lic meet­ing last week.

The meet­ing was fa­cil­i­tated by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land, Jim Cavaye, Pro­fes­sor and Pro­gram Di­rec­tor of Re­gional Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment and Dr Jane Sum­mers, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Mar­ket­ing for School of Man­age­ment and En­ter­prise.

Coun­cil­lor Ali­son Petty said there were some great tourism ideas dis­cussed.

She said the for­ma­tion of a Progress As­so­ci­a­tion for the Bulloo Shire would de­velop new ideas and gain mo­men­tum for the shire’s fu­ture.

“With the amount of en­ergy, en­thu­si­asm, sup­port and ideas that were put for­ward dur­ing this dis­cus­sion, our fu­ture looks bright,” Cr Petty said.

In ad­di­tion to the pub­lic meet­ing, coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Pro­fes­sor Cavaye and Dr Sum­mers also had the op­por­tu­nity to travel around the shire to meet and talk tourism with lo­cal tourism op­er­a­tors.

Their dis­cus­sions fo­cused on the in­volve­ment of their busi­nesses in the re­gion’s tourism, the ob­sta­cles they face, and the fu­ture of tourism in Bulloo Shire.

They met with Sarah and Neil from the Noc­cun­dra Ho­tel, who’ve ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in Tag-Along Flight Tours and pri­vate flight groups as well as Out­back Beds – NSW Ac­com­mo­da­tion Groups and Rouse­about RV Tours.

Sarah and Neil also men­tioned they get heavy traf­fic at the ho­tel thanks to the Birdsville Races, Big Red Bash and Louth Races.

The group also met with Janet from Thar­go­min­dah Post Of­fice and Janelle from Ex­plor­ers Car­a­van Park, who had some fan­tas­tic ideas for tourism in Bulloo Shire.

Cr Petty said both Janet and Janelle would like to see bus tours, a reg­u­lar weekly pro­gram of events for lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses, daily town tours and arte­sian baths.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SCENIC SITE: The Bulloo River, one of the many great rivers that flows through south west Queens­land. In­set: The Bulloo River Walk is one of the ac­tiv­i­ties you can en­joy while vis­it­ing south-west Queens­land.

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