‘Welcome to Queensland’ sign not so welcoming

23 Apr 2011 2:24 PMJann Stuckey

23 April 2011

Shadow Minister for Tourism and Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has called on the State Government to lift its game if it is serious about attracting interstate tourists to the Sunshine State.

“Driving around my electorate I noticed that the Government’s ‘Welcome to Queensland’ sign at the New South Wales border was looking very tired and shabby,” said Ms Stuckey

“This is the first impression for visitors entering our beautiful state and they are greeted by a worn-out, unappealing welcome.

“As the southern gateway to Queensland, this sign not only reflects on our state as a tourist destination but also on the electorate of Currumbin which has suffered more than its fair share of neglect from the Bligh Labor Government.  

“If the Bligh government was really serious about tourism, surely they would not have let this sign at the southern coastal entry point to Queensland deteriorate to such a poor condition.  

“However, this Labor Government’s neglect can also be viewed along the nearby Tugun bypass.  Given the amount of rubbish and weeds lining this route there is no doubt tourists travelling this $543 million stretch of road would be less than impressed.

“It is becoming abundantly clear that this toxic Labor Government has to be dragged kicking and screaming to do any sort of maintenance or accept any responsibility.

“With intense focus on attracting interstate and domestic drive tourism in recent times, it beggars belief that the Government would not even bother to spend a small amount of money to reassure visitors that we do indeed have the welcome mat out.

“I call on the minister for Tourism to replace this tired and shabby sign with something that doesn’t undersell Queensland’s vibrant tourism industry.
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