Shock decision spells out future for Southern Downs tourism
IN A shock decision Southern Downs Regional Councillors have voted to pull funding from Destination Southern Downs for the next financial years.
Southern Downs mayor Tracy Dobie said, in a confidential meeting in Stanthorpe yesterday, the council had resolved it would not provide any further funding to Destination Southern Downs in the future, and new service delivery arrangements would be introduced.
"Council will not be providing funding to Destination Southern Downs and will be requesting that they cease delivery of their services by 30 June 2016," Cr Dobie said.
Under the new arrangements, the services provided by Destination Southern Downs will now be provided directly by Council.
"A meeting was conducted today with the General Manager and Deputy Chair of Destination Southern Downs who gave their assurances that there would be a smooth transition over the next six weeks to ensure that Council is ready to take over the services," Cr Dobie said.
"The Visitor Information Centres in Stanthorpe and Warwick will remain open and continue to provide services to visitors.
"I would stress that there will be no disruption to the delivery of major events such as Snowflakes in Stanthorpe and Jumpers and Jazz in July."