Council moves to make Mt Inkerman a tourist drawcard

Burdekin Shire Council is moving to create an impressive tourist attraction to rival the Silver Link as the region’s most iconic landmark.

Mayor Bill Lowis said council was reviewing concept plans for the upgrade of Mt Inkerman.

“These plans are part of Council’s application under the new round of the Queensland Tourism Infrastructure Fund (QTIF) which is available to councils for the construction of build new tourism infrastructure,” he said.

“We propose to widen and reseal the access road, install safety guard rails, solar lights, interpretive signs, create a designated caravan uncoupling area, and upgrade the lookout barbecue facilities with decking, seating and shade structures.”

Cr Lowis said while the Burdekin River Bridge was an engineering icon, Mt Inkerman was historically the region’s iconic natural landmark.

“Mt Inkerman offers tourists, investors and locals a panoramic lookout from which to view the entire district – from the mountains in the south to the ocean in the north,” he said.

“The project is sure to enhance the site’s natural assets and make it more attractive and tourist friendly which will increase visitation and boost the region’s economy.”

The QTIF program will match dollar-for-dollar funding for grants ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000.

Funding applications close on November 23, 2015, and successful projects will be completed by June 30, 2017.

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