Heritage Tourism on LNP radar

29 Apr 2015 10:19 AMJann Stuckey

Heritage tourism was on the agenda when Shadow Minister for Tourism and Events Jann Stuckey joined local MP Pat Weir and National Trust officials on a tour of the Royal Bull’s Head Inn today.

“I am delighted that Pat invited me to experience the charm of the Royal Bull’s Head Inn, a rare, surviving example of the homes and lifestyles of those who lived during the nineteenth century,”                    Ms Stuckey said.

“This former ‘coaching inn’ has had a number of uses over the past 175 years and since its purchase   by the National Trust in 1973 it has been lovingly restored with many original features still in place, especially in the kitchen area.

“National Trust CEO Jonathon Fisher has told me of the dedication of the volunteers and I commend them for nurturing and sharing this special property with school children and the general public.

Member for Condamine, Pat Weir said this was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the Royal Bull’s Head Inn to our Shadow Minister for Tourism, Jann Stuckey.

“The historical importance of heritage listed buildings in rural and regional Queensland cannot be understated,” Mr Weir said.

“It is a tremendous asset for the Toowoomba community and the surrounding district.

“Royal Bulls Head Inn creates a sense of place in an area experiencing significant development pressures and growth,” said Mr Fisher.

‘The National Trust will work with the community to manage the site and develop strategies to raise funds for reinvestment at the property.

“With the development of a significant new commercial area in front of the Inn and vacant land to the rear, The National Trust needs to be part of future planning intentions for the area.”

“Improving access, assisting regular building and garden maintenance, understanding the archaeology of the site are all on the wish list along with increased visitor access so the property can play a role in attracting heritage tourism to the area.”

“Properties such as this with their unique local history deserve our attention and the input of creative ideas to enable them to be sustainable into the future,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Rural Queensland’s history is rich with stories that display our pioneering spirit and Royal Bull’s Head Inn takes you back in time to relive it.”

[ENDS] 29 April 2015