Up­grades for south west tourist spots

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST - Jorja McDon­nell jorja.mcdon­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

SIG­NIF­I­CANT tourist at­trac­tions in the south-west re­gion have been an­nounced as ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a $10 mil­lion fund­ing pack­age from the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment.

An­nounced by the Pre­mier at Fri­day night’s Queens­land Tourism Awards, the Out­back Tourism In­fra­struc­ture fund will help start off build­ing on projects from Mt Isa to Birdsville and plenty of places in be­tween over the com­ing year.

In Charleville, Mur­weh Shire Coun­cil has re­ceived an al­lo­ca­tion of $1.23 mil­lion.

The money will be spent on in­fra­struc­ture to show­case Charleville’s World War II her­itage in the Top Se­cret Precinct.

Mov­ing in next to the Cos­mos Cen­tre and fu­ture plan­e­tar­ium, the project ti­tled En­rich­ing Out­back Tourism: Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Bris­bane Line will tell the story of the once-con­tro­ver­sial de­fence pro­posal by the same name.

In Cun­na­mulla, the Pa­roo Progress As­so­ci­a­tion has also re­ceived fund­ing to con­tinue its project, Cun­na­mulla All Aboard – Time Travel Af­ter Dark.

The group is al­ready part-way through the restora­tion of the his­toric Cun­na­mulla Train sta­tion, which was shown off at the re­cent 150th an­niver­sary.

PHOTO: MONIQUE JOHN­SON

LOOK AT FU­TURE: An artist’s ren­der­ing of the fu­ture Top Se­cret Precinct project, ti­tled En­rich­ing Out­back Tourism: Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Bris­bane Line.

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