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  • New plan supports ecotourism for Hinchinbrook Island National Park

    New plan supports ecotourism for Hinchinbrook Island National Park

    A new management plan for the World Heritage-listed Hinchinbrook Island National Park near Cardwell will help support ecotourism in Far North Queensland. 

    National Parks Minister Steven Miles said the public consultation on the draft plan received 46 submissions, and the new plan was the first in nearly two decades for the paradise island.

    “We want visitors to Far North Queensland to be able to experience Hinchinbrook Island and its 40,400 hectares of incredible mountainous, mangrove-fringed Park,” Mr Miles said.

    “The final plan released today identifies the Park, and its iconic 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail, as a premier coastal and island bushwalk drawcard for visitors.

    “While there will be opportunities for low-impact visitor experiences such as commercial guided bushwalks; visitor numbers will continue to be capped to protect and manage the Park’s nature conservation values into the future.

    “Other key priorities of the plan include working in partnership with Traditional Owners and conserving the island’s flora and fauna by managing pest animals and weeds.

    “To determine the sustainable visitor experiences and activities that can be offered, the National Parks Department will also undertake an ecotourism feasibility study before inviting new applications for commercial activities.”

    The new plan is the first to be produced by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) using a new, values-based planning framework based on international standards.

    The National Parks Minister said the new plan would also ensure there was opportunity to capitalise on the growing ecotourism industry.

    “Tourism and ecotourism is the lifeblood of this region,” Mr Miles said.

    “Our tourism industry, and the jobs it supports, rely on places like our national parks with their world-class conservation values for their livelihood.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is investing in these assets to ensure Queensland’s national parks are protected and well-managed into the future.”

    The plan is available at

  • Gold Coast receives $410,000 for safer cycling infrastructure

    Gold Coast receives $410,000 for safer cycling infrastructure

    Cyclists on the Gold Coast will enjoy safer cycling infrastructure following a $410,000 funding boost to the Queensland cycle network.

    Local governments across Queensland with an endorsed Principal Cycle Network Plan were invited to apply for grants from the state-wide Cycle Network Local Government Grants Program.

    Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles announced as part of Governing from the Gold Coast that Gold Coast City Council had been awarded funding for two cycling infrastructure projects through the 2017-18 grants program.

    Projects awarded funding include:

    • $210,000 – Gold Coast Highway Shared Path (Chelsea Ave to Convention Centre) Construction
    • $200,000 – Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway Design

    “The Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway will run along the ocean foreshore between Toolona Street and Matters Street, connecting to existing oceanway at either end,” Mr Miles said.

    “The detailed design of the 1.7km, 3.5m wide link in Tugun will include mid and end of trip facilities.

    “We’re also committing $210,000 towards the construction of the Gold Coast Highway Shared Path which will be 380 metres of off road shared path along the western side of the Gold Coast Highway between Chelsea Avenue and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.”

    Mr Miles said the Palaszczuk Government has awarded $17 million to 30 local governments across Queensland for the delivery of an additional 35 kilometres of cycle network.

    “The program has jointly funded more than 480 cycling infrastructure projects since 2006, including the latest round of grants,” he said.

    The projects are part of a $182.5 million investment into cycling infrastructure across the state over the next four years including an injection of an extra $4.7 million per year for the grants program, to deliver on the Queensland Government’s vision of ‘more cycling more often’.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to making cycling safer and more accessible for communities across Queensland,” Mr Miles said.

    “Investment in safer cycling infrastructure helps people to enjoy active and healthy travel around their community.

    “Projects delivered through this program will deliver better facilities for cyclists, improve the safety and convenience of local cycle networks and encourage more people to cycle, more often.

    “We know that, on average, every dollar we invest in cycling infrastructure will return nearly five dollars in economic benefit to Queensland with improved health outcomes, reduced traffic congestion, and lower transport costs.

    “Working with local governments to deliver these projects also contributes to our commitment of creating more local jobs.”

    Works on these projects are expected to start progressively throughout this year and next, weather and construction conditions permitting.

    Councils are awarded funding for cycling infrastructure on a 50/ 50 basis.

    For more information on Cycle Network Local Government Grants, visit

  • 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.

  • Hawaii Travel Destination

    Hawaii Island is a volcanic island, in the North Pacific Ocean on the most eastern and southern ends of the Hawaiian islands chain.

  • The Ins and Outs of Bull Riding

    Troy Wilkinson is your average hard working diesel fitter who lives in a small country town somewhere in between Tamworth

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