Wangetti eco-trail a step closer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE en­gi­neer­ing de­signs of the $21 mil­lion Wangetti Trail be­tween Palm Cove and Port Dou­glas have been fin­ished as prepa­ra­tions be­gin for a busi­ness case for the world-class eco-trail.

Tourism In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Kate Jones said it was a ma­jor mile­stone for the pro­ject that would al­low tourists from around the globe bet­ter ac­cess to the 76km walk­ing and moun­tain bik­ing trail.

“Trop­i­cal North Queens­land is fa­mous for its nat­u­ral beauty. That’s why it makes sense to in­vest in the Wangetti Trail,” she said.

“Our eco­nomic mod­el­ling shows the Wangetti Trail will gen­er­ate $300 mil­lion for Queens­land over the next 30 years and will create 150 jobs once it’s oper­a­tional.”

Ms Jones said the Palaszczuk govern­ment was part­ner­ing with the pri­vate sec­tor to show the world the best parts of Queens­land.

Mem­ber for Cook Cyn­thia Lui said the govern­ment had been for­warded a let­ter of sup­port from the tra­di­tional own­ers who were work­ing with the state to de­velop the Wangetti Trail.

En­gi­neer­ing de­sign for the trail is com­plete and it will fur­ther in­form de­vel­op­ment of the busi­ness case,” she said.

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