June 2017

  • New festival of sailing a shore thing for Whitsundays

    The Whitsundays’ reputation as a world-class sailing destination is riding high with Airlie Beach to be a host port for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2018. Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones has said the carnival was expected to attract more than 4000 visitors to the Whitsundays and generate more than $3 million for the local economy.

  • World’s longest electric vehicle super highway revs up

    The future of motoring in Queensland has been officially launched in Cairns. Energy Minister Mark Bailey unveiled the first of many fast-charging electric vehicle stations which will be rolled out at various locations right up the Queensland coast from the Gold Coast to the Far North to form the State’s Electric Super Highway.

  • Road surface improvements in Burleigh after years of inaction

    Resurfacing works are underway on Bermuda Street to improve travel for Gold Coast motorists. Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said a two kilometre southern section of Bermuda Street was originally designed and constructed with expansion joints installed between the concrete slabs on the road, which is not an unusual practice.

  • Woorabinda Retraces Trek

    The Woorabinda Aboriginal community is this week commemorating the 90th anniversary of the infamous eight-day, 200-kilometre Taroom to Woorabinda Trek.

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Mark Furner today joined Elders and Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council Mayor, Cheyne Wilkie at Taroom for part of the first leg of a commemorative walk to Woorabinda.

  • W.A. employs over 109,000 in Tourism Record

    New research shows tourism in Western Australia provides 109,000 jobs.The 2015-16 State Tourism Satellite Account, prepared by Tourism Research Australia, has revealed 72,000 people are directly employed by the tourism industry in WA, with a further 37,000 employed indirectly.

  • Thousands of competitors to fly in for Gold Coast Airport Marathon

    Thousands of international competitors and their supporters will fly into South East Queensland this week ahead of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. Tourism and Major Events Minister Kate Jones said more than 3,000 competitors from overseas – including record numbers from Singapore, United States and Indonesia – would take part in the race.

  • TOURISM growth fuels Adelaide hotel boom

    There are 1946 hotel rooms in the supply pipeline across nine developments with 245 rooms under construction, 1006 rooms with planning approval and 695 rooms proposed or subject to planning consideration.

    Of the nine hotels, seven are in the CBD, including a project to construct the state’s tallest building. Hotel developments have also been proposed at Adelaide Airport and nearby Glenelg Beach.

  • Net free zones boost recreational fishing

    Queensland’s net free zones are providing positive recreational fishing experiences in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton, a report released today has confirmed. Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne said recreational fishers overall reported increased satisfaction with their fishing experiences in the net free zones since their introduction in November 2015.

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