Flagstaff facelift

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT MAY have one of the best views in the Whit­sun­days but Flagstaff Hill at Bowen is still be­ing un­der utilised, ac­cord­ing to tourism boss Craig Turner.

He said the key was in us­ing the $1 mil­lion in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing to show­case Bowen’s rich indige­nous his­tory.

“There is so much indige­nous his­tory in the Whit­sun­days that no­body knows; it’s like the world’s best kept se­cret,” Mr Turner said. “If the indige­nous within our re­gion want to tell their story, then we’re happy to be the conduit to do that, and we’re happy to work with them to make sure their story is told prop­erly and it’s ac­tu­ally a gen­uine ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mr Turner be­lieves there’s also op­por­tu­ni­ties on Flagstaff Hill for fes­ti­vals, cook­ing classes and farm­ers’ mar­kets.

He said cruise ship op­er­a­tors had al­ready ex­pressed in­ter­est in those ideas.

“They’re telling us, ‘guys, if you can get us a prod­uct in Bowen that does those things, we’ll sell it and bring the cruise ship vis­i­tors up to Bowen by bus’.”

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