Think tank to fuel Capricorn Coast tourism and growth
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
IN A mayor's initiative, Livingstone Shire Council is ready to do what it takes to boost tourism and Livingstone's economic growth.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said he would be forming a "think tank" reference group to explore cost-effective ways to revitalise and reinvigorate both the Yeppoon and Emu Park CDB areas.
"The reference group will be comprised of CBD traders, streetscape architects and representatives from Capricorn Enterprise, CCBT, Capricornia Chamber of Commerce, Keppel Coast Arts and Capricorn Coast service clubs," Cr Ludwig said.
"We need to be proactive in promoting and activating our Yeppoon and Emu Park CBDs and foreshore business precincts.
"Council is now in its sixth month of operation and we are up to speed in a lot of areas so it is now the appropriate time to focus more of our energies on growing and enhancing our economic base by working closely with existing business to the creation of our newly acquired Industry Park and the soon-to-be unveiled plans for a new commercial precinct in Cordingly St.
"A big part of that revitalisation will be artistic and cultural initiatives, including murals on the beachfront, art spaces, low-voltage lighting through the trees and banners hung year round to promote our events and festivals.
"We need to utilise what we already have in place and develop a sense of space and streetscaping is the ideal place to begin.
"Our community is renowned for being very artistically and musically orientated and council will be working with groups like Keppel Coast Arts and local gallery groups to bring our artists together to promote our region as a prime cultural tourist destination.
"Cost-effective initiatives such as event banners hung throughout the CBD precincts and at the Capricorn Coast entrances will add vibrancy, colour and have a great visual impact when it comes to showing visitors we are a happening community."
Cr Ludwig said the think tank would be coming together in the next few weeks to develop ideas and strategies.
Set the Scene
Capricorn Coast major annual events
Festival of the Wind
Tightlines Fishing Classic
Food and Wine Festival
Teddy Bears Picnic
Carols by the Beach