Burdekin Shire Council is excited to announce that Mt Inkerman will receive a $400,000 facelift within the next year thanks to funding from Queensland Tourism Infrastructure Fund (QTIF).
Mt Inkerman is one of 28 scenic lookouts around Queensland that will be spruced up thanks to $3.2 million Palaszczuk Government Scenic Lookout Upgrade program in the 2015 State Budget.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the state government provided the funding on a 50:50-basis in partnership with Council.
“Council and the state government will both contribute $200,000 each to the project which will allow us to upgrade the Mt Inkerman lookout facilities including decking, walkways and viewing platforms as well as the installation of interpretive signs,” she said.
“We are very excited to be working with the state government to grow Queensland tourism which is the lifeblood of many communities just like ours.”
Cr McLaughlin said 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,” she said.
“It’s also a popular exercise destination for locals who walk, run and ride their way to the top of the steep mountain to get a bird’s eye view of the region.”
Cr McLaughlin said some years ago the Rotary Club of Home Hill built a few concrete picnic tables atop the mountain, in Rotary Park, so locals and visitors could enjoy a picnic with a view.
“Rotary Park has given us a great foundation to work with and once the upgrade is finished this picture-perfect spot will be even more accessible and user-friendly.
“The scenic lookout upgrade 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 upgrade works are due to begin in the next financial year.