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Council and Australia Pacific LNG launch $1.4 million tourism project

3 November 2015

Western Downs Regional Council and Australia Pacific LNG are excited to announce the launch of the Western Downs Tourism Investment Project, a joint project to invest together in our region’s future and which will see $1.4 million injected into expanding tourism activities, projects and initiatives over the next three years.

Council Spokesperson for Economic Development and Tourism Councillor Tony Brame said the project aims to:

  • Cement the Western Downs tourism industry as a key leader in the region’s economy;
  • Enhance visitor experiences across the region and support the promotion of the Western Downs;
  • Identify key tourism-related activities, projects and initiatives through community consultation, which will be facilitated by specialist tourism consultant, EarthCheck Consulting; and
  • Develop Local Tourism Action Plans that will guide the future of tourism in each district.

Cr Brame said the support of the community throughout the various stages of the project will ensure the initiative’s success, delivering activities and projects that have been nominated and developed by them.

“Community consultation meetings, which are open to the public and due to commence in November, are vital in helping to develop the Local Tourism Action Plans,” he said.

“Local Tourism Action Plan Reference Groups have been formed in preparation for the Tourism Project launch. We want to ensure that these groups have representatives from all sections of our communities, so I encourage residents to speak to their local Chambers of Commerce if they wish to be involved.

“The Western Downs Tourism Investment Project is a great opportunity for our communities across the region to put forward their ideas for activities, projects and initiatives that will drive tourism and economic development in the Western Downs”.

‘Open House’ Community Consultation meetings will be facilitated by EarthCheck Consulting at the following venues starting at 6.30pm:

Date Location
Tuesday 10 November Council Corporate Office, 30 Marble Street, Dalby
Wednesday 11 November Community Cultural Centre, George Street, Jandowae
Thursday 12 November Tara Memorial Hall, Fry Street, Tara
Tuesday 17 November Leichhardt Centre, corner of Dawson and Marian Streets, Miles
Wednesday 18 November Club Hotel, Heeney Street, Chinchilla
Thursday 19 November Wandoan Community Cultural Centre, Henderson Street, Wandoan

If you wish to join your Local Tourism Action Plan Reference Group or suggest activities, projects or initiatives, please contact your local Chamber of Commerce.

For more information on the Western Downs Tourism Investment Project and to find a community consultation meeting near you visit www.ourwesterndowns.com/western-downs-tourism-investment-project, call 1300 COUNCIL, or email wdtip@wdrc.qld.gov.au.

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