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THE Hin­ter­land is a big draw for vis­i­tors, par­tic­u­larly in­ter­na­tional.

Sur­veys at Spring­brook’s Vis­i­tors Cen­tre show a 4:1 ra­tio of do­mes­tic to for­eign tourists, ver­sus 11:1 across the city. Read this in the con­text that vis­i­tors can be messy some­times.

Once our en­vi­ron­ment is com­pro­mised it’s hard to claw back. We must make in­formed de­ci­sions about the right places to lever­age eco­nomic out­comes for tourism.

If we’re go­ing to en­ter­tain a ca­ble­way, it needs to deal with fire risk in our dry eu­ca­lypt ar­eas and ac­ti­va­tion of Na­tional Parks must align with why we pro­tect those ar­eas.

Here are other ideas: Moun­tain Bike Tourism: many don’t re­alise one of the best down­hill cour­ses is in Mudgeer­aba at Boomerang Farm. NV Grav­ity Park is also on the way in Nu­min­bah Val­ley, join­ing the course at Nerang and Gold Coast Moun­tain Bike Club’s fa­cil­ity at Hinze Dam. There is a real op­por­tu­nity for a moun­tain bike hub in the Hin­ter­land.

World Surf­ing Re­serve to World Her­itage Ar­eas Walk: un­tapped po­ten­tial in for walk­ing tourism.

Up­grade Mudgeer­aba Show­grounds for eques­trian tourism: We have won­der­ful show­grounds no­to­ri­ously un­der­utilised due to un­der-in­vest­ment.

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