Burdekin Shire residents are being invited to have their say on the future of tourism in the region at a series of community workshops.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Council was developing a five-year tourism plan and wanted to identify key opportunities to build visitor numbers and spending in the district.
“We want to hear from you – our community – so on Tuesday 20 March we’ll be holding two public workshops,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“There will be a lunchtime session in the Cutters Café at the Malpass Hotel, Home Hill from 1pm to 2pm and an evening session at the Council Chambers, Ayr from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
“There will be another opportunity to have your say as part of the Burdekin Industry Breakfast on Wednesday 21 March. If you would like to attend the breakfast don’t forget to RSVP to Eliza Lovell on (07) 4783 9831.
“I encourage all residents to take the time to attend one of these sessions. Your ideas and opinions will help to shape the development of the Shire’s Burdekin Tourism Strategy.”
Cr McLaughlin said tourism was a key driver for job creation and economic growth in the region, with great potential to build on.
“The Burdekin has so much to offer visitors, from our beaches and boat ramps to our shops, eateries and cultural attractions,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“With all of this in mind, Burdekin Shire Council still views the local tourism industry as an underdeveloped section of the Burdekin economy.
“The creation of a Burdekin Tourism Strategy is vital to growing the Burdekin’s visitor economy and thanks to a $15,000 funding boost from the Federal Government through its Building Better Regions Fund Community Stream, Council has been able to engage consultant Stafford Strategy to assist us with this exciting initiative.”
The Burdekin Tourism Strategy will identify new opportunities to build visitor numbers in the district and look for gaps in the Shire’s existing visitor offerings.
“Because tourism is such a vital component of economic development generally, it’s also about identifying whether there are any opportunities to link into existing sectors,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Ultimately, the strategy will act as a management framework to guide Council, community organisations and private enterprise in the development of tourism product, infrastructure and investment, into the future.”
For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.