LNP Urges Labor to Support Outback Tourism

23 May 2015 11:18 AMJann Stuckey

Shadow minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey, in Longreach to attend the Qantas Founders Museum Catalina Display Launch Dinner with Lachlan Millar MP, told those present the LNP supports urgent tourism funding for the Outback.

The LNP Opposition is once again calling on the Palaszczuk Government to show its support for drought-ravaged Outback Queensland by immediately launching a dedicated tourism campaign.

“It is over a month now since the Premier and Minister Jones visited Longreach, Barcaldine and Charleville where they saw first-hand the effect of drought on these communities, yet they have refused to assist tourism operators and small businesses by committing to a tourism push,” said Ms Stuckey.

“I have written to Tourism Minister Kate Jones pleading with her to launch a dedicated outback tourism campaign – but I haven’t had a reply from her.

“After the 2013 floods the LNP were able create a tourism campaign in a matter of days. The severe drought status of a large percentage of our state warrants swift action from the government.

“All it takes is some political will from the minister to action a Pack your Bags: Go West campaign, or similar, to entice people to visit this amazing countryside at the perfect time of year.

“Other regional campaigns are in market but the Outback has been neglected.  In the past fortnight an $800,000 campaign was launched for the Whitsundays and $500,000 for the Sunshine Coast, but absolutely nothing for the Outback.

“New branding for the Outback is about to be revealed and I urge the Government to get on board and give it a real boost with extra funding.

Lachlan Millar MP, Member for Gregory said it’s great to have Jann Stuckey back here in outback Queensland.

“As the former Tourism Minister and now Shadow Tourism Minister Jann has always been a real champion for outback tourism and continues to advocate strongly for tourism in the west.” Mr Millar said.

Ms Stuckey was a guest at Qantas Founders Museum Catalina Display Launch Dinner on Saturday 23 May 2015 to celebrate the completion of the Museum’s Catalina Project which commenced in 2009 with the purchase of the aircraft.

“The Catalina display will tell the history of the top secret “Double Sunrise” Flights that Qantas undertook during the Second World War and is yet another piece of Outback history to find its way back home.

“Meanwhile the clock is ticking for families in drought stricken communities as they face ongoing tough times and a bi-partisan approach is required.”

[ENDS] 23 May 2015