Information centre is up and running again
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.