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4 February 2016

The $1.4 million Western Downs Tourism Investment Project has reached a major milestone, with the draft Local Tourism Action Plans developed in close consultation with residents across the region, now available for public view.

  • The six individual Tourism Action Plans for Chinchilla and District; Dalby and District; Jandowae and District; Miles and District; Tara and District; and Wandoan and District are now available from the Our Western Downs website;
  • Selected projects in the Tourism Plans will be funded over a three-year period, ending in September 2018, through a funding agreement between Western Downs Regional Council and Australia Pacific LNG;
  • Independent assessments of the plans are being conducted by State Development and Southern Queensland Country Tourism, while Local Tourism Action Plan Reference Groups across the region have individually prioritised projects within the plans;
  • The independent assessments, priority rankings identified by Local Reference Groups and independent risk analysis, will be presented to the Western Downs Tourism Investment Project Regional Reference Group on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

Council Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism Councillor Tony Brame said the support from the community during these initial stages of the project has been extremely encouraging.

“The Community Consultation meetings held late last year were well attended by passionate community members from across our region looking for opportunities to increase the economic value of tourism in their Districts,” he said.

“The success of the Western Downs Tourism Investment Project lies in the representation throughout all the stages of the initiative from all sections of our communities. Local representation is integral in ensuring the delivery of initiatives that develop, strengthen, and enrich the unique character of our towns and communities.

“Following feedback from the Western Downs Tourism Investment Project Regional Reference Group, a Prioritised Tourism Action Plan will be developed which will include recommendations for potential funding of selected tourism projects.

“This overarching Action Plan will highlight, as identified by our communities, the priority tourism initiatives from each of our Districts for funding under the Western Downs Tourism Investment Project.

“I am extremely excited to see what this project will create in opportunities for our region, and I strongly encourage residents to take the time to view the draft Local Tourism Action Plans now available on the Our Western Downs website.”

For more information about the Western Downs Tourism Investment Project or to view the Local Tourism Action Plans, visit the Our Western Downs website.

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