Loni Hammond, Ian Rowan, Cr Peter Huth, Ron Dodds, Cr Greg Barnes, James Corvan, David de Bruin and Ken Mogg attend the Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism Board meeting where the Tourism Opportunity Plan was released.
Loni Hammond, Ian Rowan, Cr Peter Huth, Ron Dodds, Cr Greg Barnes, James Corvan, David de Bruin and Ken Mogg attend the Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism Board meeting where the Tourism Opportunity Plan was released. MAX FLEET

Bundy tourism promises big changes

THE next five years in the tourism industry in the Bundaberg region has been mapped out in a document that promises big things for the area.

The Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism (BNBT) board yesterday released its Tourism Opportunity Plan which details ideas and projects already in the pipeline.

Areas flagged for refurbishment included the Burnett riverside around Queens Park, to turn it into a tourism precinct area.

The plan outlined that an opportunity should be investigated for the development of Queens Park, which could provide an attractive and better-used open space.

The plan also identified the need for a conference centre and a hotel in the central business district, near the Burnett River.

But are these ideas and the other plans really financially viable?

BNBT chairman Greg Barnes said, as the economy picked up, private sector developers would find the projects attractive.

“Now the document is local government approved and industry approved, the credibility of any state government grants’ application will be greatly enhanced and is more likely to succeed,” he said.

“And there are a number of projects already in the pipeline.”

One aspect of the plan that is moving forward at a great rate is the establishment of ferry services from Bundaberg to Lady Musgrave Island.

The tourism board, environmental protection agency and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will meet today to discuss the prospect.

“If we can get commercial access to Lady Musgrave Island that will be the most significant step forward for the tourism industry in this region,” he said.

BNBT general manager James Corvan said some project ideas like the Hinterland touring route and culinary trail linked the North Burnett with the Bundaberg region.

“Operators have expressed great interest... it’s a really good opportunity to bring together a cross-section of the industry,” he said.



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