Costo, Stuckey swing at Jones
MEMBER for Whitsunday Jason Costigan has come out swinging, taking firm aim at Minister for Tourism Kate Jones.
Mr Costigan criticised the minister for not visiting the region since taking office in February.
“As far as I’m concerned, that’s a big slap in the face for our local tourism operators,” Mr Costigan said.
“To borrow a slogan from an old tourism campaign, I ask Labour’s Minister for Tourism – where the bloody hell are you?”
Shadow minister for tourism Jann Stuckey also joined the fray, accusing Ms Jones of mocking tourism operators.
“Rather than throwing rocks at an industry that is a true pillar of the Queensland economy, the minister should be supporting our operators – and she could start by launching a dedicated campaign to assist our drought-ravaged outback,” Ms Stuckey said.
Ms Jones isn’t being left on the sidelines however, refuting Mr Costigan’s claims.
“Mr Costigan should pay more attention to what’s hap- pening in his electorate – I was there on April 29,” she said.
“Since being sworn in as minister, I have been in constant contact with tourism operators and recently met with senior management from One&Only Hayman Island.”
Mr Costigan said the Whitsundays needed a minister who was “fair dinkum”. One who “understands the industry and wants to be on the front foot in promoting the industry, especially in the Whitsundays – the most tourismdependant region on the eastern seaboard”.
But Ms Jones challenged this, saying it was Mr Costigan who wasn’t taking tourism seriously.
“If Mr Costigan was serious about tourism in the Whitsundays, he would have spent the last three years trying to stop his own LNP government from slashing millions of tourism dollars in Queensland,” she said.
“Mr Costigan has not raised tourism with me directly and, by contrast, Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert has contacted me personally to represent Mackay tourism operators.”
Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan.
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