In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre to re-open

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Sharon Small­wood

AL­MOST three years to the day since the con­tro­ver­sial clo­sure of Proser­pine’s Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) has an­nounced it will re-open a na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre on Septem­ber 1.

The cen­tre will op­er­ate from its pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tion on the Bruce High­way next to the Proser­pine Mu­seum.

The cen­tre was closed in June 2010, just one week af­ter Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil cut $100,000 in fund­ing to the for­mer Tourism Whit­sun­days. For­mer mayor Mike Brunker claimed the clo­sure was a po­lit­i­cal stunt.

This week, cur­rent mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said Coun­cil had been work­ing closely with WMDL “to achieve this re­sult through our ser­vice level agree­ment”.

“I think we’re see­ing a dif­fer­ent style of man­age­ment through WMD and I’m sure Da­nial [Rochford] has the con­fi­dence that he can get a suit­able per­son to run this or­gan­i­sa­tion and with the as­sis­tance of ma- ny vol­un­teers through­out the re­gion we’ll be able to achieve a great re­sult with this cen­tre,” Cr Whit­ney said.

Chair­per­son of WMDL’s Tourism Strate­gic Ad­vi­sory Group, Jeff Aquilina, said given the im­por­tance of the drive mar­ket, re-open­ing the cen­tre was ex­cit­ing news.

He said re-es­tab­lish­ing a vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre was also a de­liv­er­able of the re­cent Air­lie Beach Tourism Sum­mit.

WMDL’s CEO Da­nial Rochford said the or­gan­i­sa­tion would spend about $10,000 over the next two months to get the cen­tre up and run­ning by Septem­ber 1.

“We will be soon ad­ver­tis­ing for a full time Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor as well as a team of vol­un­teer tourism am­bas­sadors,” Mr Rochford said.

“We will also be putting in place the nec­es­sary pa­per­work to have the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre ac­cred­ited so as to make sure it con­forms to national vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre stan­dards [with an ital­i­cised ‘I’],” he said.

“WMDL will also be mak­ing con­tact with all tourism and busi­nesses in the Whit­sun­days in the com­ing days on how they can ac­cess ser­vices and ben­e­fits of the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.”

DE­LIV­ER­ABLE: WMDL Tourism Strate­gic Ad­vi­sory Group chair­man Jeff Aquilina, and CEO Da­nial Rochford with Cr's Kevin Collins, Dave Clark, Peter Ra­m­age, John Collins, Jennifer Whit­ney, An­drew Will­cox and Jan Clif­ford, be­side the now de­funct vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, which is due to be res­ur­rected on Septem­ber 1.

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