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Tourism and liveability top of the agenda

14 June 2016

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst give a warm welcome to Steve and Di Gilbert who are visiting the Western Downs region from Tasmania. Increasing its slice of the tourism pie by attracting more of the travelling public to stay in the region is a key focus of Council's 2016/17 Budget.

Mayor Paul McVeigh and Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst give a warm welcome to Steve and Di Gilbert who are visiting the Western Downs region from Tasmania. Increasing its slice of the tourism pie by attracting more of the travelling public to stay in the region is a key focus of Council’s 2016/17 Budget.

Western Downs Regional Council’s 2016/17 Budget has placed a spotlight on boosting economic development opportunities by delivering on tourism and liveability, an important economic pillar for the region.

  • Council will inject $2.8 million to fund economic development through a range of projects and initiatives over this financial year in a bid to boost tourism, liveability and investment across our region;
  • This will complement the $1.4 million Western Downs Tourism Investment Project joint venture between Council and Australia Pacific LNG currently being rolled out;
  • The renewed focus is set to beautify some of our regional towns to bolster tourist experiences throughout the Western Downs, generate economic benefits and support local jobs and businesses.

Council Spokesperson for Economic Development Councillor Donna Ashurst said Council is committed to investing in tourism and the liveability of our communities because we know that’s what matters to our residents.

“We’re very lucky to have such strong industries like agriculture, energy and manufacturing underpinning our diversified local economies, but there is a need to create more opportunities in our vibrant and active region,” she said.

“Boosting recreational opportunities for our visitors will generate an economic benefit and that’s why we’ve decided to focus on the presentation of our towns to enrich their unique character.

“We’ll do this by providing the type of facilities that will give the travelling public a reason to stop, set up camp and stay a while to experience what our beautiful region has to offer.

“Council will also look to support the region’s tourism economy by supporting a range of local community events from music and food festivals, to sporting, racing and cultural events.

“The future is exciting, and driving tourism to our hot spot destinations will support the local economy, generate jobs and foster community pride.”

Southern Queensland Country Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Mary-Clare Power said it’s wonderful to see Western Downs Regional Council so strategically engaged with developing tourism in their region and the greater Southern Queensland Country region.

“The Western Downs region has so much to offer and our organisation looks forward to partnering with Council to deliver benefits for operators and the region as a whole.”

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