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Minister welcomes new tourism attraction for Gold Coast Hinterland.



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The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP

17 Jul 2009

MINISTER WELCOMES NEW TOURISM ATTRACTION FOR GOLD COAST HINTERLAND

The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today opened the newest Gold Coast Hinterland tourist attraction: the Tamborine Mountain Glow-worm Caves at the Cedar Creek Estate Winery and Vineyard.

The man-made attraction is part of the Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery in North Tamborine and has been supported with a $70,000 grant from the Australian Government.

Minister Ferguson said: “The Government is very pleased to be able to provide direct support to innovative tourism operators who increase the competitiveness of their region.

“However the Government is also very pleased to be providing broader support which is set to provide much more significant benefit.

“The 2009 Budget allocated $1.5 billion to a number of key transport-related infrastructure projects set to boost tourism to and within Queensland.

“Not only will these significant projects make it easier for visitors to travel throughout Queensland, this investment will also boost employment and drive money into the community by supporting local jobs, local services, and local tourist attractions like the one we are opening today.”

Minister Ferguson also highlighted the benefit of Tourism Australia’s No Leave No Life campaign, which has so far seen more than 300 companies, employing around half a million Australians, register in the program which seeks to convert Australians’ 123 million days of accrued leave into local holidays.

Minister Ferguson said: “When you consider that Australian workers have accumulated an astounding $31 billion worth of accrued leave, you realise that more has to be offered to get people exploring their backyard.

“It is great to see innovative businesspeople making the most of this wonderful region’s tourism potential and the Government is pleased to assist.”

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