WE NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO GROW OUR REGION

I don’t do this very often but I’m seeking the support of the wider community to secure an important project to establish a world class tourism facility at Mon Repos.

We have a natural treasure on our doorstep which provides a unique and natural experience but which is currently limited by a 5 month season. This can, and must, be enhanced to become a year round attraction which will entice more tourists to the region and provide an even better experience for local residents and their visiting families/friends. The facility will cater for ‘out-of-season’ visitors and provide a truly interactive experience which will hopefully encourage them to return to witness the layers or hatchlings in action from November to March.

Many residents will ask “What’s this got to do with me?” and the answer is simple. Many of our local businesses depend heavily on the tourism/visitor market to survive. The further extension of airline services to Bundaberg Airport is also heavily dependant on increased tourism numbers and this is borne out in the exciting passenger figures which will be available for release on Tuesday.

Everyone screams out for more growth; more jobs; more sustainable development; more flights; more community infrastructure and much, much more. Believe me, there is considerable work being undertaken behind the scenes by various stakeholders including the Council and our State & Federal Members of Parliament.

This is now an opportunity opportunity for everyone to step up to the mark and help to make a difference. This includes you!

To ensure that the master-planning goes ahead and that funding is allocated to enable the project to come to fruition, our region needs to provide the State Government with a clear indication of the level of support from the wider community. If there is limited support, there is likely to be a limited response by those holding the the purse strings.

The State Government has published a Discussion Paper explaining the extent of the proposed development which can be directly accessed here.

This is the important bit and where we need your help. A quick online survey is also being conducted by the State which can be directly accessed here.

Better still, Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism (BNBT) has even assisted by suggesting some text which you may wish to use (if you agree with the comments) to make your response a much easier process. That document can be directly accessed here and can be completed in minutes.

Please your submission by 4.00pm on Friday 21st February.

Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service will also be holding a Public Community Workshop at the Bargara Cultural Centre, 160 Hughes Road, Bargara between 9.00am & 11.00am on Saturday 8th February and everyone is welcome to come along and provide their input and support.

Please RSVP to qpwsmasterplan@nprsr.qld.gov.au.

More information is contained in the following letter from BNBT General Manager to their members but which is equally pertinent to you if you want to see growth in this region.

It’s up to you! 

 

IMPORTANT FOR OUR FUTURE

Dear Member,

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to significantly grow the region’s tourism industry and would like your support to make it happen.

After years of advocacy by Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism (BNBT), supported by Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ); the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) has embarked on developing a master plan for Mon Repos to consolidate the site as an iconic encounter with turtles experience.

Mon Repos was last redeveloped in the mid 1990’s with the building of the visitor centre. National Parks considers that ‘through redeveloping facilities at Mon Repos and implementing new tourism products, the opportunity exists to create an iconic national parks visitor centre, catering for an enhanced visitor experience during the turtle season, increased visitation outside peak season, world class research and environmental education and a high profile tourism offering for the Bundaberg North Burnett region’.

A discussion paper outlining the options and online survey can be found by visiting www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/1763/view.html .  NPRSR has asked for feedback on the discussion paper and we ask that you provide positive feedback and complete their survey.  It will only take a few minutes of your time.  We are supportive of the direction of the master plan and have attached a copy of our responses to this email for your information and guidance.

Why are we asking you to do this?  Any proposal will be subject to the availability of funding and we are aware that government funding is finite and competitive.  It is vital that the full potential of Mon Repos is unlocked to stimulate tourism growth.  In a tourism forum held in Bundaberg last year the redevelopment of Mon Repos was seen as the top tourism opportunity for the region.  It has also been identified as a priority project in the Bundaberg North Burnett Destination Tourism Plan (which is in draft format).

Your support is vital to confirm to the Queensland Government the strong industry and community support for the Mon Repos Master Plan and the significance of the project in growing the tourism industry and improving the economic viability of the region.

Should you wish to discuss this with me further, please feel free to call me direct on 07 4153 8800.

Kind regards,

Rick Matkowski | General Manager

Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism

271 Bourbong St, Bundaberg Qld 4670
PO Box 930, Bundaberg Qld 4670
T 61 7 4153 8800 | F 61 7 4153 8890

E gm@bundabergregion.org | W bundabergregion.info                

Our corporate site for members and business is https://www.facebook.com/BundabergNorthBurnett

Our destination marketing site for visitors is https://www.facebook.com/VisitBundaberg 

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