Maranoa member Bruce Scott announces funding penned for Granite Belt and Southern Downs Tourism with director (left) Rita Ridyard and chairwoman Margaret Cairns.
Maranoa member Bruce Scott announces funding penned for Granite Belt and Southern Downs Tourism with director (left) Rita Ridyard and chairwoman Margaret Cairns.

Local knowledge on the agenda

WHO is a walking encyclopaedia on the location of the best eateries, fishing spots, walking tracks and wineries in the Southern Downs?

The answer is you, and during his whirl-wind trip to the Rose City, federal LNP member for Maranoa Bruce Scott announced a $140,000 injection into the region’s tourism if elected on Saturday.

Mr Scott said he hoped the funding would tap into and open up locals’ wealth of knowledge of the region.

“The beauty of the Warwick and Stanthorpe region is one of Australia’s best kept secrets, but we want the secret out,” Mr Scott said.

“The Regional Tourism Development Grant of $140,000 would build on the great promotional work already done by Southern Downs and Granite Best Tourism group which are best placed to promote our local regions in the domestic market. This would be the first federal funding for regional tourism boards.

“Tourism initiatives should come from the people who know the area best, not someone in Canberra. It should come from the bottom up.”

Bottoms up to a sweet white in a Granite Belt winery or trendy Warwick eatery hopefully.

Granite Belt and Southern Downs Tourism chairwoman Margaret Cairns said the funding would extend advertising opportunities for the region’s tourism ventures.

“This would mean more options, more in-your-face advertising approaches,” she said.

“Previously TV advertising has been out of our budget, but this funding could make TV a possibility.”



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