$6 MILLION SHARE TO HELP BRING TOURISTS BACK TO BUSHFIRE-IMPACTED NOOSA
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed Noosa’s inclusion in a $6 million tourism recovery package after the Southern Queensland spring bush fires.
The package will be available to Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Sunshine Coast and Noosa, and is jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.
“Noosa is unique, iconic destination, renowned for its natural attractions, pristine beaches and national parks, and has a reputation for tourism excellence attracts 2 million visitors every year,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This generates more than $1 billion in tourism spending in this region alone so it is vitally important that the Noosa tourism industry is supported through the challenges it is facing following these devastating bushfires.”
Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the package would help attract more visitors so money could flow back into the regions.
“This is $6 million to stimulate local economies affected by the fires,” Minister Littleproud said.
“It will bring tourists back so businesses can open their doors and locals have a job to go to.
“This will put $1.5 million into tourism marketing and $500 thousand for industry recovery officers. It also provides $1 million to restore trails in the renowned Lamington National Park.
“The best ways to help a community recover is to get the local economy moving.
“We will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these communities and make more assistance available as it’s needed.”
For Mr O’Brien: Clementine Norton (07) 4121 2936