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Tourism project to promote Rockhampton region.



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The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP

20 Jul 2009

TOURISM PROJECT TO PROMOTE ROCKHAMPTON REGION

The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, has officially launched ‘Dig the Tropic - Outback to the Reef’, a tourism trail linking significant geological attractions in the Rockhampton region.

The trail, which received $490,000 in Australian Government tourism funding, links important local attractions such as the Capricorn Caves and the Stone House Museum.

Minister Ferguson said: “The global recession is testing the resilience of our regional economies and those with a diverse industry and skills base will fare better than others. Tourism is an industry which can help diversify regional economies, encourage local investment, and provide meaningful careers.

“It is an industry which employs half a million Australians and in the midst of a global downturn, tourism is more important than ever.

“The Government is pleased to be able to support the tourism sector at this time. Our stimulus payments are increasing discretionary spending and supporting jobs.

“The Government is also delivering key road and rail infrastructure projects in the Rockhampton region as part of its $26.7 billion Nation Building Program.

“This includes $260 million of major safety, widening and maintenance works on the Bruce Highway and $1.5 billion of the Government’s road and rail Budget is being spent within Queensland, meaning it will now be easier and safer for visitors to get around this wonderful state.”

Member for Capricornia, Kirsten Livermore MP, said: “Giving people more information and more reasons to visit our region is essential in the current economic climate, where increasing tourism will goes a long way towards sustaining regional businesses and, most importantly, protecting jobs.

“It is great to see tourism operators looking beyond their own business, to the appeal of our whole region.

“I am very supportive of this project because it has a regional focus and will benefit the entire industry here through increased marketing and recognition.”

For further information on ‘Dig the Tropic - Outback to Reef’ visit www.digthetropic.com.au.

Media contact:

Michael Bradley (Ferguson) - 0420 371 744

Barry Large (Livermore) (07) 4922 6604.