In­for­ma­tion cen­tre is up and run­ning again

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

AF­TER a long and con­tro­ver­sial clo­sure, the Proser­pine-based Whit­sun­day Re­gional In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (WRIC) was re-opened on Mon­day.

The pre­vi­ous Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre closed on June 30, 2011 - 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.

Two months ago, cur­rent mayor Jennifer Whit­ney said Coun­cil and the new Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Limited (WMDL) were work­ing to­gether to re-open the cen­tre.

WMDL CEO Da­nial Rochford con­firmed the or­gan­i­sa­tion would spend $10k to have the cen­tre up and run­ning again by Septem­ber 1, in its for­mer lo­ca­tion on the Bruce High­way be­side the Proser­pine Mu­seum.

On Mon­day, the cen­tre wel­comed its first vis­i­tors in over two years with the help of a newly ap­pointed co-or­di­na­tor Kirra Tully.

Born in Mo­ran­bah, raised in Mackay and univer­sity ed­u­cated in Townsville and Bris­bane, Ms Tully has re­turned to the re­gion and joined the WMDL team to take on the role.

“I am absolutely pas­sion­ate about travel, be­ing in­volved with the com­mu­nity and ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about spe­cial en­vi­ron­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance, so I am very ex­cited about tak­ing on this role which ticks all three boxes,” she said.

Ms Tully boasts ex­pe­ri­ence in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion hav­ing for­merly worked in a vol­un­teer ca­pac­ity at the Wyn­ham/ Manly Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in Bris­bane. She con­se­quently also un­der­stands the im­por­tance of vol­un­teers, which WMDL is now call­ing for, to help man the cen­tre.

Mr Rochford said WMDL would be es­tab­lish­ing a tourism vol­un­teer ambassador pro­gram to help sup­port the op­er­a­tion of WRIC.

He also wel­comed the idea of cor­po­rate vol­un­teers.

“If your busi­ness could pro­vide one em­ployee half a day per month, it would make a huge dif­fer­ence and on be­half of the re­gion we would re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port,” he said.

To reg­is­ter to be­come a vol­un­teer, phone Kirra Tully on 4945 3967.

Tourism busi­nesses are also en­cour­aged to con­tact WMDL to find out how they can be rep­re­sented through the new WRIC.

BACK IN BUSI­NESS: Kirra Tully is the new co-or­di­na­tor of the Whit­sun­day Re­gional In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre on the Bruce High­way in Proser­pine, which re­opened on Mon­day.

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