Tourism fund­ing wel­come

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS STATE ELECTION -

THE Whit­sun­days could see un­der­wa­ter stat­ues, art sculp­tures, co­ral gar­den­ing and a raft of other tourist at­trac­tions un­der a

$25 mil­lion elec­tion com­mit­ment.

Queens­land Tourism Min­is­ter Kate Jones vis­ited the Air­lie Beach La­goon last week to pledge the Great Bar­rier Reef Is­land re­ju­ve­na­tion funds – with Tourism Whit­sun­days, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the State Gov­ern­ment to have in­put on the process.

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Craig Turner said this was what the re­gion needed to en­sure the 750,000 vis­i­tors which visit the Whit­sun­days con­tin­ued to en­joy “world­class” ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The min­is­ter was very clear, this isn’t money to clean up is­land re­sorts, it’s in­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture and as­sets to po­si­tion us go­ing for­ward post Cy­clone Debbie,” he said.

“Money could be spent on im­prov­ing White­haven and ad­di­tional above-wa­ter at­trac­tions. We said to her that $3–4 mil­lion could go to­wards un­der­wa­ter art sculp­tures and as­sets that in­crease the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Fund­ing would be de­liv­ered un­der the Reef Re­sort Re­ju­ve­na­tion Fund which will pri­ori­tise pro­jects fo­cused on “clean­ing, green­ing and grow­ing.”

This will mean the re­moval of waste from is­land re­sorts, pro­mo­tion of more en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ex­pe­ri­ences and en­cour­ag­ing fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of fa­cil­i­ties such as ves­sel moor­ings, new ameni­ties and de­vel­op­ing pub­lic walks.

Mr Turner said Mrs Jones led with “ac­tion, not words” and made seven vis­its to the Whit­sun­days since Cy­clone Debbie.

“She is very keen to make sure the Whit­sun­days bounces back and bet­ter than ever... all I’d ask of the other (Whit­sun­day) can­di­dates is to tell us what does tourism mean to them?” he said.

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