Council catering for global visitors

BUNDABERG Regional Council is batting for Bundy backpackers, with a new travel information website set to be launched by the end of the year.

The multilingual site will provide information for travellers living and working in the region.

Director of planning and development Andrew Fulton said the site will let travellers know where to get help if they run into problems.

“If they are having trouble with work or accommodation, this site will point them in the right direction,” he said.

Some of the listed avenues of help include the Office of Fair Trading, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, police, the Department of Immigration and the council.

About 9000 backpackers come to Bundaberg every year.

The site will cater for six foreign languages: French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and German.

“I think it’s a good initiative and it’s good to see council doing its part to assist backpackers and realising they are an important part of Bundaberg,” Mr Fulton said.

Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism chairman Greg Barnes was also keen for the site to launch.

“I reckon it’s a great idea. I fully support it,” he said.

“Anything to counter the recent problems in the backpackers industry in Bundaberg is a good thing.”

Mr Barnes said Tourism Information Centre staff were still receiving complaints from backpackers with work and accommodation problems.

“We have made it quite clear that we don’t tolerate this bad behaviour but people continue to break the law,” he said.

“Hopefully this can start to change all that.”

The site will be attached to the council website.

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