Member for Gregory Lachlan Millar says he’s thrilled that funding has been allocated for the development of the Western Queensland tourism sector under Queensland’s Transport and Tourism Connections Program.
Mr Miller says six tourism hotspots in the Gregory Electorate will benefit from improved access and parking facilities, road upgrades and the installation of tourism signage.
“I have been a strong advocate for the development of tourism infrastructure. I am delighted to see funding allocated for tourism development in Blackall, Barcaldine and Longreach. “
“Tourism is an important driver of our local economy, particularly in the midst of tough economic conditions.
“With many parts of Western Queensland entering their fifth consecutive year of drought, the tourism sector is key to providing support for local businesses, creating jobs and encouraging regional development.
“Without road infrastructure to support our tourism network, annual visitor numbers to Western Queensland would not be sustainable.
This funding is aimed at improvement to road safety, to provide all weather access to key tourist attractions and boost the profile of Outback Queensland tourism.
“These projects will be delivered with matching funding from local councils and are expected to be complete by mid-2018.”
Project details include:
Blackall Aquatic Centre Carpark Upgrade (Blackall-Tambo Regional Council)
Qantas Crash Site Access Road Pave and seal (Blackall-Tambo Regional Council)
Tambo Airfield Road Access Pave and seal (Blackall-Tambo Regional Council)
River Farms Road Pave and seal (Longreach Regional Council)
Barcaldine Region Installation of tourism signage (Barcaldine Regional Council)
Capricorn Highway (Alpha – Barcaldine) at Oak Street Parking improvements (Barcaldine Regional Council)