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Council receives funding to redevelop tourist spots

24 August 2018

Lake Broadwater is on the list for upgrades.

Western Downs Regional Council has received a grant for up to $200,000 to develop masterplans for four popular tourist destinations across the Western Downs.

The grounds surrounding the Chinchilla Weir, Lake Broadwater, Caliguel Lagoon and bike trails in the Bunya Mountains are all at the top of the list for the development of new masterplans.

In April this year, Council applied for funding for Strategic Planning for Tourism Infrastructure to the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Mayor Paul McVeigh says that the Western Downs is working to position itself as a destination that people travel to, to experience authentic rural experiences.

“We want to optimise the places of interest to tourists across the Western Downs, as well as bringing in new business and encouraging confidence in our diverse economy.

“To do this we need to invest in tourist spots, along with events and points of interest within the region.

“The Chinchilla Weir grounds is just one good example of this, which is also a key priority for the Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Lake Broadwater is very popular with the locals for picnics, swimming, skiing and boating activities – depending on seasonal water levels – so we could look at things like improving accessibility to the water.

“Now we will get to work on these four projects, which will all add value to the current locations and further strengthen the value of these assets to our region’s economy.

“Council is looking forward to discussing these four concepts further with our businesses and community members over the next few months so a masterplan can be developed.”

The masterplan may include new or improved amenities, new picnic areas, development of tours, non-motorised water sport opportunities, upgraded camping sites and improved access to connectivity.

Tourist spots to be enhanced:

  • Chinchilla Weir and campgrounds on the ‘Warrego Way’ 9km south of Chinchilla. The funding will increase the visual appeal, with improvements hoped to encourage those visiting to stay longer.
  • Lake Broadwater, 30km west of Dalby on the ‘Adventure Way’ – a peaceful parkland setting with shady gums, pines and Brigalow trees, a haven for waterbirds and native wildlife.
  • Caliguel Lagoon, 7km south of Condamine, popular for water sports and fishing, with associated campgrounds.
  • The Bunya Mountains, 64 km north-east of Dalby, are already established as a tourist destination however there is potential to develop a bike trail master plan, which would connect the towns of Dalby and Kaimkillenbun to the mountains.

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