Targeting our tourism trade
TOURISM bosses will push for a riverside tourist precinct, CBD hotel and conference centre and hinterland touring route as part of a new tourism hit list for the Bundaberg region.
The projects have been placed on the Bundaberg Fraser Coast Tourism Opportunity Plan’s priority list, with others including a “culinary tourism experience”, a Port Marina precinct, air and sea services, and a Bundaberg-Fraser Coast Coastal Wilderness Link.
Tourism Minister Peter Lawlor said the new attractions would allow Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast to “prosper and grow”.
“This plan is a guide to help public and private investment and infrastructure come together to meet residents’ and visitors’ needs to ensure the two regions’ tourism potential is realised, while preserving their character and diversity,” Mr Lawlor said.
The projects are among 14 which have been proposed.
“The plan has been more than 12 months in the making and was developed as a partnership between Tourism Queensland, Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism and Fraser Coast South Burnett Tourism,” Mr Lawlor said.
“Formerly known as the Regional Tourism Investment and Infrastructure Plan, the name was changed to better reflect the plan’s role in identifying tourism opportunities.
“It involved extensive consultation with a broad range of government, industry and community stakeholders across the regions.”
Several initiatives proposed by the plan are already underway, including the development of a North Burnett tourism strategy focusing on a scenic touring route through the region.
The possibility of reinstating sea ferry services between Bundaberg Port Marina and Lady Musgrave Island is also being investigated.
Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism chairman Greg Barnes said he was thrilled with the commencement of the program.
“We are very excited to see the TOP (priority list) launched and to have the catalyst projects named so as work can continue on them to see them through to fruition,” Mr Barnes said.
“This is a very important document for our entire region.”