We were here all along, Jason
I HAD the absolute pleasure of attending the Whitsunday Tourism Awards – the region’s premier tourism event.
Together with Labor’s fantastic candidate for Whitsunday, Bronwyn Taha, I wholeheartedly joined in celebrating the excellence within the region’s tourism industry and acknowledged all the hard work and effort by local operators and the Whitsunday Regional Council into getting the industry back up on its feet and kicking goals after the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The industry’s resilience, determination and optimism is so impressive, particularly considering the Federal LNP Government’s unwillingness to fully fund Category D.
The Whitsunday Tourism Awards was a genuine celebration of excellence, resilience and community.
A recent contribution in this paper by LNP local member Jason Costigan has unfortunately exposed his automatic response of taking cheap political shots and turning an event that had nothing to do with him, and everything to do with hard working operators, into something all about Mr Costigan.
“Where the bloody hell are you,” I read he demanded of the Tourism Minister in Thursday’s Whitsunday Times.
Of course, Mr Costigan failed to mention that I attended the awards, as Deputy Premier, representing the Palaszczuk Government, celebrating with the Whitsunday tourism industry the fantastic work of local operators.
The real question is where was Mr Costigan when the former Newman-Nicholls LNP Government, of which he was a part, ripped $188 million from the tourism budget, ensuring tourism growth flat-lined in Queensland?
And where was he when his millionaire mate Malcolm Turnbull didn’t feel like funding the cyclone recovery effort and accused councils like Whitsundays of rorting the NDRRA?
— Jackie Trad Deputy Premier
TOURISM AWARDS: Deputy premier Jackie Trad and Bronwyn Taha enjoy the 2017 Whitsunday Tourism Awards on Hamilton Island.