Queen's Park ideal for sculpture
CONDAMINE River Parks user group will be consulted before plans for Warwick’s 15m equestrian sculpture continue.
But the consensus at Southern Downs Regional Council’s community services committee meeting was that the perfect location for the sculpture was at Queen’s Park, near the rodeo chutes and rose garden.
Cr Jo McNally said she thought the sculpture would be a wonderful addition to tourist attractions in Warwick, her only concern being the ongoing cost to council.
“We need to work out how we are going to pay for it,” she said.
Council will also have to liaise with the Department of Transport and Main Roads before it puts any fixed plans in place.
In other tourism news, general manager of Southern Downs and Granite Belt Regional Tourism (SDGBRT) Stuart Perry said talks over a merger with Toowoomba, Golden West and South Burnett’s tourism bodies were still on-going.
He said the seven mayors of the regions involved were due to meet with Tourism Queensland to try to get a guarantee they would receive the funding they needed for the merger to work.
He said discussions had already been held with the minister.
“We have regional tourism organisations that want to make a more powerful and effective group,” he said.
“We want the minister to know if we are forced into merging without giving us funding, it is forcing failure.”
Toowoomba and Golden West already merged with South Burnett in recent months and the addition of Southern Downs and Granite Belt would make it a south-east Queensland tourism supergroup.
The local visitor information centre is in the process of changing hands.
While previously operated by SDGBRT, local tourism organisation Warwick Tourism and Events will take over its operation in coming months, transferring from the Town Hall to the centre.