LNP considers Straddie’s tourism needs

4 Dec 2011 3:33 PMJann Stuckey

4 December 2011

The LNP’s Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey and Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson will meet local tourism operators Monday to look at plans to expand tourism on North Stradbroke Island.

Jann Stuckey, the LNP’s Tourism spokesperson, said it was important to meet local tourism representatives to consider how to help the industry recover from tough economic conditions and Labor government mismanagement of the tourism industry.

“The LNP is committed to getting tourism back on track through a commonsense plan that includes the DestinationQ initiative and a growth target to increase overnight visitor spending in Queensland to $30 billion by 2020, co-ordinated decision making in government and a special unit to encourage investment and infrastructure development,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This new unit, in the Tourism Department, will engage with tourism and hotel agencies and state land management and planning authorities to support new tourism investment and job opportunities. Tourism is one of the four pillars a CanDo LNP Government will grow to reinvigorate Queensland’s economy, including North Stradbroke Island.”

“The state government raised local expectations in 2010 when the Premier stated that eco-tourism would replace sandmining when the government shut all mining down in eight years,” Dr Robinson said.

“Straddie residents remain skeptical about Premier Bligh’s promise that the expected 600 jobs she loses in mining, retail and local small businesses will be replaced by 400 eco-tourism jobs.

“The head of Brisbane marketing stated that the Premier’s decision would require the equivalent of five Tangalooma resorts, a feat that would not happen inside 17 years, let alone the eight years left in the Premier’s rushed timetable.

“The government continues to promise an upgrade to Toondah Harbour that never materialises, an economic transitional plan that has no funding committed to it, and a further 30 per cent national park later in December that instead of being high conservation value is full of old mine-tailing sites.

“The LNP’s tourism and better national parks policies would see an increase in tourists to the island who would visit national parks in high conservation areas, while expecting the mining company to fully rehabilitate disturbed areas outside the parks at no cost to taxpayers or users. Instead, under this Labor government, visitors and residents alike will now be offered walking trails by old mine dump-sites, and be charged for their troubles.

“Only an LNP Government has tourism as one of its four pillars for growth to get Queensland and Straddie back on track,” Ms Stuckey said.