New chief executive Mary Carroll on her first day as Capricorn Tourism chief executive.
New chief executive Mary Carroll on her first day as Capricorn Tourism chief executive. NIKITA WATTS Nw

Keppel is open declares new boss

“GREAT Keppel Island is still open for business.”

On her first day on the job as Capricorn Tourism chief executive, Mary Carroll wanted to change public perception about Great Keppel Island.

While at a meeting yesterday to outline a joint tourism marketing alliance between Capricorn Tourism, Gladstone Area Promotion and Bundaberg Tourism, the former LNP party state secretary was eager to let people know it was business as usual on the island.

She said the resort might be closed, but that didn’t mean the whole island had shut.

“It’s one of the most magnificent islands on the Queensland coast and we must not forget there are a number of operators on and surrounding Great Keppel Island.

“Capricorn Tourism acknowledges that the island resort needs to be redeveloped and reopened as soon as possible. However, the final development proposal and approvals process is for the relevant government and stakeholders to decide,” she said.

Mrs Carroll, who grew up in Central Queensland, moved to the region two weeks ago and said it was “fantastic to be home”.

She said 2010 would be exciting, with online initiatives and an increase to accessibility to the region with the inclusion of airline Tiger Airways at Rockhampton Airport.

She said while the region had a diverse range of assets, there was definitely room for more product development in the near future.

The Capricorn region and coast had not reached their full potential, she said.



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