Major plans to revive tourism for historic CQ town
THE historic Mount Morgan area could soon receive a sizeable $300,000 investment in a bid to revive its tourism sector.
The commitment will likely come to fruition should LNP candidate for Mirani Tracie Newitt take out victory at this month’s state election.
However, the funding will be divided into two streams as part of a comprehensive approach.
An investigation into the works required to reopen the iconic Fire Clay Caves would receive the largest portion of funding – to the tune of $200,000.
The remaining $100,000 would be delegated to Mount Morgan Promotion and Development Incorporated in a bid to enhance and create wider tourism opportunities.
It comes as an added bonus to the region after Channel Nine last month filmed the Today Show on location.
Ms Newitt said funds would also allow for the release of government studies and recommended works to make the area tourist-friendly.
“Labor has been sitting on these issues since 2016,” she claimed.
“It’s time we pave a clear way forward to reinvigorate tourism in Mount Morgan, employ locals and kick start our economy.”
While specifics are yet to be determined, the development of walking trails and new site attractions are understood to be of high priority.
“This tourism investment will create local jobs and boost our tourism economy.”
Ms Newitt said the pledge further highlighted the LNP’s commitment to supporting both local communities and job markets.
However, Member for Mirani Stephen Andrew said the first thing needed to help bring visitors to the area was the fast-tracking of Mt Morgan mine.
He added the mine’s establishment would also create a flurry of jobs, bringing with it a natural increase in tourism rates.
“We need to get that up and running and create jobs right now. The tourism will come with the jobs and the whole lot will complement each other.”