Agnes is open for busi­ness

Take a break and help com­mu­nity

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DIS­COV­ERY Coast Tourism and Com­merce pres­i­dent Am­ber Rodgers says it’s time res­i­dents in the Gladstone re­gion took a break at the beach.

“The ma­jor­ity of vis­i­tors to Agnes Wa­ter and 1770 live only a few hun­dred kilo­me­tres away,” she said.

“It’s al­ways been a pop­u­lar hol­i­day desti­na­tion for Gladstone res­i­dents.”

She said cov­er­age of the re­cent fires had im­pacted the beach­side com­mu­nity.

“We had, up un­til Oc­to­ber, a re­ally good year, an in­crease on the pre­vi­ous year,” Ms Rodgers said.

“Since the fires the vis­i­tor num­bers are down and we want to get the word out that Agnes Wa­ter and 1770 didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any sig­nif­i­cant dam­age in the fires.

“We’re re­ally hop­ing peo­ple will start re­turn­ing this week­end.”

Ms Rodgers said the com­mu­nity would be hold­ing the Dis­cov­ery Coast Bush­fire Ben­e­fit Con­cert.

“It’s be­ing held on Satur­day night, start­ing at 4pm at the Dis­cov­ery Coast Sport and Re­cre­ation As­so­ci­a­tion on An­der­son Way,” she said.

“We’ve got some great bands ap­pear­ing and we’re hop­ing for more peo­ple to come than the venue can hold.”

Gladstone Area Pro­mo­tion and De­vel­op­ment Ltd CEO Dar­ryl Bran­th­waite said tourism fig­ures in­di­cated the area had an amaz­ing year, “but they need our help right now”.

“Gladstone, you can do with a break,” he said.

Photo: Fa­bi­enne Win­tle

WEEK­END AT BEACH: Am­ber Rodgers, Dis­cov­ery Coast Tourism pres­i­dent, is hop­ing for a big crowd at this week­end’s Dis­cov­ery Coast Bush­fire Ben­e­fit Con­cert.

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